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Supreme Court Finds Something Fishy in Prosecution of Ship Captain Under Sarbanes-Oxley

On November 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments involving a unique application of the criminal penalties for evidence destruction under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  The evidence at issue: fish.  Specifically, three red grouper less than 20 inches long.  While a decision in Yates v. U.S. (13-7451) is not expected until June 2015, the … Continue Reading

Court Denies Motions To Dismiss Obstruction Charges Against Former BP Engineer

A recent ruling coming from the Eastern District of Louisiana underscores the importance of document retention and the potential consequences of destroying evidence during a government investigation. Recently, US District Judge Stanwod R. Duval of the Eastern District of Louisiana issued a ruling allowing to stand a criminal indictment against a BP employee stemming from … Continue Reading
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