Friday, June 24, 2005
It is common knowledge that many prosecutors and investigators use a strategy of working up the ladder in pursuing criminal conduct. Start with low level figures and work up to the bigger player. Thus, in Scrushy's trial we saw a parade of managers testifying against the top man in the company. The success for the government in this particular case remains to be seen.
But sometimes a prosecutor will go after the lower level individual. The NYTimes has an article here titled, For Some, Just Following Orders is a Good Defense, that presents some interesting commentary on white collar strategy through an examination of the NY AG's unsuccessful prosecution of Sihpol.
The bottom line, though, is that each investigation and prosecution can have its own idiosyncrasies and a cookie cutter recipe may not apply to all cases.