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Will a Corporate Carve-Out Derail Criminal Justice Reform?

Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

Criminal justice reform is one of the few legislative issues that could move forward in this highly partisan election year. But this long-awaited reform is in serious danger because of efforts by big corporations and their allies to include a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for white collar offenders.

Maybe Too Big To Jail, But Never Too Small

Gordon Schnell | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Gordon Schnell

With DOJ's continued failure to bring criminal charges against any executives involved in the financial crisis, many are questioning whether it is just business as usual in Washington and the C-suite.

Obama Just Had A Private Meeting With Key Republicans On Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama recently held a private meeting on criminal justice reform with two key Republicans -- a sign that efforts to rec...

The Obama Administration Could Repeat Its Biggest Mistake Of The Financial Crisis

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business

In the years since it failed to prosecute a single Wall Street executive involved in the global financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice has r...

The Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege

Brad Reid | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

The attorney-client privilege protects from involuntary disclosure confidential communications between a client and her or his attorney for the purpos...

Lawmakers Sneak Help For White-Collar Criminals Into Justice Reform Bill

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday injected a controversial effort to curb prosecutions of white-collar crime into a bipartisan ...

House Bill Would Make It Harder To Prosecute White-Collar Crime

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Monday unveiled legislation that would decriminalize a broad swath of corporate malfeasance, a move that injects wh...

It Takes a Plan (To End 'Too Big to Jail')

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Brandon L. Garrett

While there have been critics of those developments on both sides of the aisle, some good proposals for legislation, concerns raised by judges, and saber-rattling statements from the Department of Justice, what we have not seen is a plan for action that fundamentally rethinks how financial offenses are handled. The Clinton plan would do, among its recommendations, four key things to tackle too big to jail.

If I Ran for President... I Would...

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

I would announce that my Attorney General would prosecute HUMANS (meaning corporate executives) for corporate criminal conduct. Humans commit crimes.

Volkswagen's Real Victims -- And Who's Really Responsible

Nell Minow | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Nell Minow

There is not a person on the planet who will not be affected by this diabolical decision to steal profits by externalizing the costs of environmental destruction onto everyone. Current estimates are as high as a million tons of toxic emissions per year being added to the air we breathe.

DOJ's Pledge To Prosecute White-Collar Criminals Is Getting A Major Test

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business

The Obama administration accused Volkswagen on Friday of a stunning scheme to deceive the government about its cars’ emissions standards and ordered...

Kill a Worker? You're Not a Criminal. Steal a Worker's Pay? You Are One.

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.20.2015 | Crime
Rena Steinzor

Secretary Perez needs to upgrade health and safety enforcement to the level of wage and hour enforcement. Workers must be paid a fair wage, but they also need to survive a day on the job.

If Corporations Are People, Some Crimes Deserve Capital Punishment

Nell Minow | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Nell Minow

Corporations are considered people when it comes to spending shareholder money secretly to thwart public policy goals on health, safety, the environment, and the economy.

Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.03.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Following close to 5000 emails and a letter from over 40 environmental and human rights NGOs, a spirited group of activists disrupted the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's annual gala last week.

Large Foundations: Rethink Your Priorities

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Ralph Nader

After decades of observing effective groups with untapped potential suffering from a dearth of funding, I can point to 15 specific missed opportunities by indifferent foundations. Here is my short list of areas where funding is needed but lacking.

America Should Send More People to Prison

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

You know the statistic. We incarcerate a higher proportion of the population than any other country does. Hundreds of thousands of young, now aging, men, are doing hard time for possession of small amounts of drugs. More and more people find themselves in jail because they got caught with bench warrants for their arrest for exorbitant fines they could not afford to pay. More than a century after debtors prisons were abolished, thousands are again behind bars because of debts. But one category of felon is free on the street. I refer, of course, to corporate criminals. Consider the case of a checkout clerk at Walmart who puts her hands in the till and walks off with a couple of hundred bucks of the company's money. That clerk could expect to face prosecution and jail. Now consider her boss, who cheats her of hundreds of dollars of pay by failing to accurately record the time she clocked in, or the overtime she worked.

Credit Suisse: Big Crimes Become Big Business

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

These elaborate illegal acts over many years show a deliberate willingness by Credit Suisse AG officials to knowingly engage in profitable activities that defrauded the U.S. Treasury and burdened honest taxpayers. But the Credit Suisse story does not end there.

Attention Next Attorney General: More Justice Wanted

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The next attorney general should apply the Constitution and international law to rein in these dictatorial actions by the out-of-control White House.

Lynne Peeples

Corporate Execs Sent To Prison Over Toxic Chemical Bribery

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green

On Nov. 22, 2006, Paul Jennings received an email from a fellow executive at his chemical company. "As you are aware, Indonesia was planning to go lea...

Fighting for Justice for All New Yorkers

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.21.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

Since taking office as attorney general nearly four years ago, I have made it my priority to ensure that the law applies equally to everyone, not just the rich and powerful.

Deaths Caused by Corporations Are Punished by Taking It Out of Their Allowance

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Absent some examples of severe individual punishments, corporations' sales will continue to be more important than safety and profits more important than people. There must be a stronger deterrent and more severe punishment than taking it out of their allowance.

How Responsible Is Business for Social Responsibility?

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Last month, the Brazilian mining company Vale was invited to present its perspective on a panel entitled, "Voices of Rights Holders in the Extractives Industry." This is like inviting the CIA to a panel on the rights of victims of torture.

The Julian Petroleum Scandal and the Murder of Hollywood Icon Motley Flint

Casey Scharf | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
Casey Scharf

This July, some eight and a half decades after my great-grandfather's psychotic breakdown and subsequent murder of Motley Flint, my family remembers how little things have changed.

In The Public Interest : Four Reasons Lawmakers Are Scrutinizing How Companies Turn Settlements From Wrongdoing Into Tax Write Offs

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The oil giant BP paid for cleanup and compensation for their massive Gulf oil spill, and rightfully so. But was this a "necessary and ordinary cost of doing business" that deserved a $10 billion tax break? I think most of us would respond with a resounding, "no!"

Sweetheart Deferred Prosecution Deals for Swiss Banks

Russell Mokhiber | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Russell Mokhiber

Major Swiss banks were positioning themselves last week to survive a U.S. Justice Department criminal probe for sheltering wealthy American tax dodgers. (Translation: Prepare the deferred prosecution agreements.)