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Caldwell Offers More Details on Charging Decisions

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 20, 2015

During remarks this week at the American Conference Institute’s International Conference on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, provided some additional transparency regarding charging decisions in corporate prosecutions.

“Greater transparency benefits everyone,” said Caldwell. “[I]f companies know the consideration they are likely to receive from self-reporting or cooperating in the government’s investigation, we believe they will be more likely to come in early, disclose wrongdoing, and cooperate.”

Even though the Justice Department often is limited to how much it can disclose about investigations and prosecutions, particularly for investigations in which no charges are brought, “we are trying to be clearer about our expectations in corporate...

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