Saturday, September 12, 2009

Blagojevich Fundraiser: Is Death A Growing Trend

Is it my imagination, or in recent years have there been more deaths of individuals under federal investigation then occurred in the past?  This question comes to mind as I read the Chicago Tribune article titled, Ex-Blagojevich fundraiser Kelly dies of possible OD 

And if death is more common, is it related to the trauma of a white collar offender facing a government investigation?  At this point, just a lot of questions with no answers as the government now investigates the death. With sadness...


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A number of years ago Forbes tried to raise this issue, running an excellent piece on how, contrary to our professed values, America punishes failure and that we are really brutal on business and professional people. This includes both criminal and other failures. We don't give people a second chance and they know such.

For example, today, we track down people world wide. One cannot make a mistake here and go anywhere and make a fresh st

The concern about loosing a client always haunts white collar criminal work. Moreover, those of us who practice in this area know that the Rules under which we are forced to operate wholly fail to consider the realities, to say nothing about the fact that few lawyers are trained and educated to be aware of the signs of trouble.

Last, the academic world needs to understand that the Government uses the most sophisticated psychological techniques to terrorize criminal targets. For example, the warfighting principles of Colonial John Boyd are a routine part of the training of government agents and prosecutors. Yet you never hear any academic concern about FBI agents that show up in the very early morning hours to intimidate targets, ostensibly because they want to conduct an interview.

In the Stevens case is was revealed that the Government has "shock" rooms for interrogation purposes, yet this blog has never made mention of such.

Posted by: John | Sep 13, 2009 10:51:20 AM

The Kelly case looks like it may be a suicide by aspirin overdose. Lots of info at TalkLeft here.

Posted by: Peter G | Sep 13, 2009 6:39:43 PM

Danny Pang announced dead in Wall Street Journal today---also
white collar criminal investigation

Posted by: folly | Sep 14, 2009 5:46:33 AM

The government doesn't take any chances. This is the generation of the Xanax defense, use it so one doesn't go crazy and die before trial so one can go to trial and face a manufactured case. The office of the prosecutor needs accountability, but fat chance of that. See, e.g., "DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility: Protecting Their Own"

Posted by: Preston Tucker | Sep 14, 2009 6:31:42 AM

Let's see, the Clintonistas were under investigation continually.

They didn't have anyone die, right?

Uh, wait...

Posted by: Butkus | Sep 19, 2009 5:17:24 PM

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