Zealous Prosecution and the Right to Legal Representation: Paying the Price When Corporate Employees are Charged with White Collar Crime *CLE*

February 22

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Those who commit crimes - regardless of whether they wear white or blue collars - must be brought to justice. The government, however, has let its zeal get in the way of its judgment. It has violated the Constitution it is sworn to defend." Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, United States v. Jeffrey Stein ("the KPMG" case). In his 88 page opinion, Judge Kaplan addressed Fifth and Sixth Amendment principles at issue when KPMG, under pressure from the government, refused to pay the legal bills of corporate officers under investigation by the Department of Justice. The court held that the government's actions violated the constitutional rights of KPMG employees, raising significant question in a time of aggressive prosecution of corporate crime. Please join the Criminal Law Brief and the Business Law Brief as a panel of distinguished practitioners debate Judge Kaplan's decision and the resulting implications for corporations, their employees and the Department of Justice.

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