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DOJ Individual Actions: The Strange Public – Private Divide

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These pages track all sorts of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act statistics.

Some of the statistics are “inside baseball” like and other statistics (such as the long time periods associated with FCPA scrutiny or the general lack of individual enforcement actions in connection with most corporate enforcement actions) raise significant public policy issues and/or undermine government rhetoric.

The statistic discussed in this post fits all three categories: it is equal parts “inside baseball,” it raises significant public policy issues, it undermines government rhetoric, and moreover it is just plain strange.

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“Complicated Questions Of Law”

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The Department of Justice is looking for a trial attorney in its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.

Per the job posting, one of the duties of the attorney is to advise and instruct Assistant U.S. attorneys “on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy with respect to the FCPA.”

“Complicated questions of law.”

It is just four words in a job posting, but it is a notable four words and an important acknowledgment by the DOJ that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is not a simple, straight forward statute as some (including the DOJ) often portray it to be.

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Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite On …

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Recently, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite responded to Q&A’s from Law360 including the following that are Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relevant.

Q: Travel and in-person investigation are seen as particularly important in the FCPA context, and there’s been a lot of chatter about how pandemic restrictions may have slowed the pipeline pretty significantly. Do you think that’s an accurate perception?

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Friday Roundup

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Guilty plea, off-target, fear-based marketing, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday Roundup.

Guilty Plea

This recent post highlighted the DOJ’s money laundering case against Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares (a citizen of Panama and Italy) and his brother Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares (also a citizen of Panama and Italy), for “participat[ing] in the Odebrecht bribery scheme by, among other things, serving as intermediaries for bribe payments and the provision of other things of value that Odebrecht offered and provided to the Panama Government Official.

Yesterday, the DOJ announced that Luis Martinelli Linares pleaded guilty.

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Deputy AG Monaco On Individual Accountability, Prior Misconduct, Monitors, And NPAs and DPAs (With Commentary)

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Last week, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco delivered this speech as part of the ABA’s National Institute on White Collar Crime.

While the speech is generating a significant amount of attention, substantively the speech was largely a yawner and the policy changes articulated are marginal at best and elevate form over substance.

As has been highlighted several times on these pages, FCPA (and related) enforcement has long suffered from the following problem (nicely articulated by a practitioner in 1982):

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