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Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School
edited by Jenna Decker

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Mar 2015
by Andrew Leipold of University of Illinois College of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew D. Leipold of the University of Illinois College of Law, discusses the First Circuit's decision not to change venue in the Boston Marathon bombing trial...The claim that a local jury can't be unbiased in a case of this profile is intuitively appealing. Although Boston is a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Lawson v. FMR LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that the whistleblower provision 18 USC § 1514A [Cornell LII backgrounder] of the Sarbones Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) [text, PDF] protects employees of private contractors and subcontractors performing work for a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a lawsuit brought by South Korea's Woori Bank against Bark of America's Merrill Lynch [corporate websites] unit. The lawsuit, which concerned losses from USD $143 million of collateralized debt obligations, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Judge Simeon Lake of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Friday reduced [DOJ press release] the prison sentence of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives] from more than 24 years in prison to 14 years. As a term of the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2012
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official profile] announced Tuesday to the House of Commons [official website] that she would block the US extradition of British computer hacker, Gary McKinnon [BBC profile; advocacy website]. Relying on Article 3 of the Human Rights Act [text] concerning prohibition of torture, May announced … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court's denial of motion submitted by former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] seeking his release from prison. Ryan argued that he was convicted under pre-Skilling v. United States [Cornell … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The lawyers for media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday filed a motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] to dismiss the remainder of their client's convictions because the prosecution had deprived him of his right … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] was released from federal prison in Florida Friday but remains in US custody pending removal proceedings. It remains unclear [National Post report] how long Black will be held by US officials or where he will be deported. He is a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ordered [order list, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] to reconsider former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal in light of Wood v. Milyard [SCOTUS blog backgrounder; JURIST report]. Wood, which was decided just last week, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] declined review [docket] in the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives] on Monday. The court, without any comment, allowed to stand the decision [opinion, PDF] of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website], which ruled … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) [S 2038, PDF], which prohibits members and employees of Congress, the president and thousands of other federal officials from using non-public knowledge in making investment decisions. The bipartisan legislation mandates public … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Leah White, University of California, Davis School of Law Class of 2013, is a Staff Editor for the school's Business Law Journal. She writes on the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and encourages legislation to increase corporate social responsibility...Consumers' demands have always influenced businesses. As concerns over … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Aronson of Creighton University School of Law says that recent corporate scandals in Japan highlight the need for the reform of that country's corporate governance structure, just as the Enron case did in the US...It has been two tough years for Japanese corporate governance. In 2010 … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the conviction of ex-Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executive James Brown stemming from his role in the Enron fraud scandal [JUIRST news archive]. Brown was indicted on five counts in 2003 stemming from a 1999 transaction in which Merrill took a … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An appeals court on Wednesday rejected convicted former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal seeking to overturn his 2006 conviction on corruption charges. The 77-year-old Ryan was convicted [JURIST report] in 2006 on multiple counts of corruption and fraud [indictment, PDF] in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal that occurred during … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] was ordered to return to prison by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Friday, to serve 13 more months of his 42 month sentence. Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile], his original sentencing … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a case over a suspect identification but rejected the appeal of Canadian-born media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] over a fair trial. The court will hear Perry v. New … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday reversed two bribery charges [opinion, PDF] against former Alabama governor Don Siegelman [personal profile; JURIST news archive] and former HealthSouth [corporate website] CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] and remanded the case for re-sentencing. The court … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that errors in the prosecution's case against former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives] are harmless, denying Skilling a new trial. The court, however, went on to vacate the original sentence against Skilling … [read more]

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