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The Trial Penalty

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Alan Dershowitz, a well-known law professor and commentator, recently penned this piece published in the Wall Street Journal titled “Most Plea Bargains Are Unconstitutional.” Deroshowitz writes:

“When is a constitutional right not a right? When you’re punished for exercising it. If the government arrests or fines you for something you say, everyone recognizes a violation of the First Amendment, even though you had your say. Yet when prosecutors and courts impose massive punishments on criminal defendants for exercising their Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury, it’s considered business as usual—even by the Supreme Court. […] In justifying the practice, prosecutors and courts play word games, denying that a far harsher sentence is a “punishment.” Rather, they say, it’s what the defendant deserved for the crime, and the relative lenience of a plea bargain is a “reward” for saving the government the expense, inconvenience and risks of a trial.”

As discussed below, one of the more egregious examples of the so-called trial penalty occurred in the FCPA context.

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Friday Roundup

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Sentenced, another one dismissed, scrutiny alerts, clawback, and pardon me for being that guy but … It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Sentenced

As highlighted in prior posts here and here, in January 2017 the DOJ announced a $170 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against U.K. based Rolls-Royce concerning conduct in Thailand, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Angola, Iraq and elsewhere.

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Sentenced, just saying, scrutiny alerts and updates, fallout, and what’s the difference? It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Sentenced

As highlighted in this prior post, earlier this year Frank James Lyon (the owner of Lyon Associates Inc. – a privately held engineering and consulting company headquartered in Hawaii) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (based on things of value provided to officials in the Federated States of Micronesia) as well as paying bribes to an agent of an organization receiving federal funds (based on things of value provided to officials with a Hawaii governmental agency – State Agency).

As highlighted in this DOJ release, Lyon was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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