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
Court Denies Motions To Dismiss Obstruction Charges Against Former BP Engineer
By Stacey A. Bastone on
Posted in Obstruction
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…