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The Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Is Not Doing Its Job

By Sara Kropf Note: A similar version of this article was also published in Law360. When the Department of Justice indicts a defendant or prevails at trial, the Office of Public Affairs issues a press release. Those press releases tout the seriousness of the charged conduct and often describes it...

Oh Goody! Another DOJ “Cooperation” Program—This Time, It’s All About the $$$

By Sara Kropf It has become a running joke among the defense lawyers I know that we can’t wait to see what the Department of Justice will announce as its newest “cooperation” policy at the annual ABA White Collar Crime conference. The ABA conference is the largest of its kind, and it’s become the...

Location, Location, Location – DOJ Fails to Meet the Low Standard for Venue in Criminal Cases

By Sara Kropf Where the government indicts someone affects a host of key elements of a criminal case: How quickly the defense team will obtain key pretrial discovery; the composition of the jury pool; the speed of the trial; and likely outcomes for sentencing. In short, venue matters. Arguments...

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Sara moderated a panel on criminal prosecutions of public corruption cases for the Federal Bar Association at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC. The panel was part of the DC Chapter’s 4th Annual 4th Annual Government Enforcement & Investigations Seminar. Sara’s co-panelists were Rob Cary (Williams & Connolly), Mark Lytle (Nixon Peabody), and Jack Sharman (Lightfoote). The event was such a success that the panel will present again at the FBA’s national meeting in St. Louis in September 2024.

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