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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Hastert Structuring Case

Lawrence S. Goldman has this post at White Collar Crime Prof Blog continuing a debate over whether the case should have been pursued. In part:

Hastert was charged with, and pleaded guilty to,  structuring withdrawals from financial institutions of his own apparently legitimately derived funds, purportedly to conceal payoffs to an alleged extortionist whom he had purportedly sexually victimized over 30 years ago. . . . [D]eterring people from committing essentially harmless acts even though criminalized by an overbroad statute does not appear to me to be much of a societal benefit.

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He is a RepubliCon, right? Why is it that those guys have sexual perp backgrounds?

Posted by: Jack Mehoff | Nov 6, 2015 8:57:41 AM

I do not quite see a crime here. I do not know why he pleaded guilty. He should have said to the jury that he was embarassed, that he wanted to pay the guy off to keep it quiet but he was not aware of any crime being committed by him in so doing.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Nov 6, 2015 8:36:37 PM

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