Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Book - Careers In Criminal Law

Ellen C. Brotman, Careers in Criminal Law   - The promo states:

The book is organized into five different parts:

  • Part I focuses on traditional criminal defense, including public defending, white collar criminal defense, big firm practice, solo practice and appellate and post conviction advocacy.
  • Part II tells the stories of those who prosecute, in state court, federal court, and juvenile court.
  • Part III describes the journeys of three judges in three very different venues.
  • Part IV explores careers representing defendants who have been convicted as they attempt to get back on track.
  • Part V presents a handful of careers in criminal law that simply defy categorization.

Some legal career books provide advice on how to enter and succeed in a certain niche; some provide checklists on how to open a practice; some provide the necessary basic black letter law. While the articles in this book have components of all these types of useful advice, this book has tried to do more. This book seeks to give the reader insight into the type of person who will do well in a career in criminal law.

(esp)(hat tip to Evan Jenness)

August 21, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roger Clemens Indicted

The Washington Post story is here and has a link to the indictment. Nothing yet up on PACER. Clemens is charged in six counts with perjury, false statements, and obstruction of Congress.

(slw)

August 19, 2010 in Celebrities, Congress, Current Affairs, Grand Jury, Investigations, Media, Obstruction, Perjury, Prosecutions, Sports | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Clemens to be Charged?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting here that baseball great Roger Clemens will soon be indicted by a federal grand jury for perjury.

(slw)

August 19, 2010 in Celebrities, Congress, Current Affairs, Grand Jury, Investigations, Obstruction, Perjury, Prosecutions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

In the News & Around the Blogosphere

Post-Skilling Documents

NACDL's White Collar Policy Department would like to compile all filings and rulings in honest services fraud cases post-Skilling.  They plan to make these documents available in an online repository for the benefit of NACDL members.  They are interested in identifying cases, filings and decisions in this emerging area of law.  Briefs, motions, petitions for cert., as well as habeas petitions are appreciated.  To the extent that you are even aware of a pending case that is likely to involve post-Skilling litigation, please share that information with this office. 

All information and materials should be sent to Tiffany Joslyn at tiffany@nacdl.org.  We prefer materials in PDF or Word format.  Should you have any questions, please contact Tiffany at the above email
address or (202) 872-8600 x260. 

For those who do not mind having these items posted online on the blog - send them to me at epodgor@law.stetson.edu

(esp)

August 19, 2010 in Fraud, Judicial Opinions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Blog - Washington Post's Market Cop

Welcome to the blogosphere the Washington Post's new financial crime blog - Market Cop here.

(esp)

August 18, 2010 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Barclays Bank PLC Forfeiting 298 Million Dollars

Many of the recent corporate settlements with the government have focused on violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  This one is somewhat unique in that the $298 Million Dollars being forfeited are for violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA). A DOJ Press Releasestates that "[t]he violations relate to transactions Barclays illegally conducted on behalf of customers from Cuba, Iran, Sudan and other countries sanctioned in programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)." The forfeiture was part of a deferred prosecution agreement with DOJ and the NY County District Attorney's Office. 

Barclay's press release notes that it "worked closely and constructively with the US Authorities."  They noted that "[t]he US Authorities have recognised Barclays substantial cooperation in the resolution." It sounds like 100,000 members of Barclay's staff will be going through training programs.

See also Mike Scarcella, BLT Blog, Judge Approves $298M Settlement Between DOJ, Barclays Bank; William McQuillen & Jesse Westbroook, Barclays Follows Citigroup With Court Rejection of U.S. Accord

(esp)

August 18, 2010 in Deferred Prosecution Agreements, International | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blago Verdict: Read All About It

The former Governor of Illinois is convicted on one Section 1001 count while the jury hangs on the other 23 charges. The jury hangs on all counts against Blago's brother. The Los Angeles Times has the story here. When the testimony wrapped up two weeks ago, Esquire asked its reporter John Bohrer to pretend he was a juror and opine on the outcome. Bohrer's analysis of the evidence is here. In a remarkable bit of prescience, Bohner noted that, "the Government couldn't close the deal. And that's why I'm voting to acquit." Bohrer still hated Blago, but did not feel that he belonged in prison or was worth the expense to prosecute. "I'll hand it to the prosecution on one of these charges: It does seem like he stone-cold lied to the FBI when they questioned him about whether he mixed state business with fundraising."  Pretty close call. Pretty amazing.

(slw)

August 17, 2010 in Celebrities, Corruption, Current Affairs, Fraud, Prosecutions, Prosecutors, Verdict | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ellen Podgor Receives Heeney Award

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' most prestigious award is the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, established in 1981 in honor of Heeney, NACDL's 18th President. According to NACDL's website, the Heeney Award "is given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession." Past winners have included such giants in our profession as Albert Krieger, Barry Tarlow, Nancy Hollander, Barry Scheck, Barbara Bergman, Gerry Goldstein, Lisa Wayne, and Jeffrey Fisher.

This past Saturday in Toronto, at its annual convention, the NACDL gave the 2010 Heeney Award to Ellen S. Podgor. I can't think of anyone more deserving. Congratulations, Professor Podgor!

(slw)

August 16, 2010 in Celebrities, Conferences, Current Affairs, Defense Counsel, News | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

UC College of Law Faculty Position Posting

The University of Cincinnati College of Law invites applications from entry-level and lateral candidates for as many as two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions in a broad number of areas, including agency/partnership/unincorporated business associations, civil procedure, commercial law, corporations, criminal law, criminal procedure, employment and labor law, evidence, immigration, international law, property, torts, and wills and trusts. We also seek applications for visiting faculty positions in those areas. All applicants should have a distinguished academic background and either great promise or a record of excellence in both scholarship and teaching. The University of Cincinnati is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and others whose background, experience, and viewpoints would contribute to the diversity of our faculty. Contact: Professor Verna L. Williams, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee; University of Cincinnati College of Law; P.O. Box 210040; Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040.

(esp) 

August 15, 2010 in About This Blog | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)