Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carmey, before closing arguments, dismissed a federal prosecution against William Ruehle, former CEO of Broadcom, and another defendant charged in a stock options backdating case. He also vacated a guilty plea of a third defendant who had cooperated with the Government and done nothing wrong. The grounds: prosecutorial misconduct.
The defendants were represented by major white collar lawyers, including Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly, and lawyers from Skaaden, Arps.
I just received a copy of the transcript. It's probably the strongest condemnation of prosecutorial abuse I've ever read. Any federal criminal defense lawyer reading through the list of abuses will be reminded of some of his or her clients these same things have happened to, but weren't fortunate enough to prove it. [More...]
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