Criminal Conflicts of Interest 101

By Sara Kropf We see a lot of criminal conflict of interest cases in our firm. Our federal government employee clients often face an investigation based on a vague allegation of a “conflict of interest.” Maybe the client applied for a job with a private company when...

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Government Employees at Risk: When Is It a Crime to Help a Friend?

The First Amendment gets a lot of attention, and rightfully so. The last clause, however, is often ignored. It says that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging . . . the right of the people peaceably . . . to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Federal government employees’ rights to “petition the government” are somewhat restricted. In fact, Congress has made it a crime for federal government employees to “petition the government” on behalf of others. This is in 18 U.S.C. § 205.

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