Kosovo Specialist Chambers
Blerina Jasari was interviewed by a Kosovar newspaper (Nacionale) about the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The full interview was made available on June 18th, 2022, and is available on nacionale.com.Read Publication
Honduran Former President Faces Trial In New York Federal Court
On April 22, 2022, former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) made his appearance at his first virtual court hearing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is being charged with three counts…Read Publication
OFAC Concealed Important Information from Justice: It Destroyed the Sanctions Criminal Case
(Russian Language Publication) Impressive story of an Iranian investor doing global business and coming under the scrutiny of the sanctions authorities. Lawyers explain why this might be interesting for Russian citizens who are at different stages of criminal prosecution for violations of sanctions and export control rules in the United States.Read Publication
The Biden Administration’s Policy Toward Central America and the Challenges Posed by Corruption
President Biden is not a stranger to Central America. As Vice-President, he met with Central American leaders in an effort to strengthen ties between the United States and the region. As a candidate for President, he has announced an ambitious plan for Central America, particularly the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.Read Publication
U.S. Seizes over $1 Billion Dollars in Silk Road Case
It has been five years since that iconic character from my daughter’s favorite childhood movie, the Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison for the piratical life he led. Not really. But it has been five years since Ross Ulbricht, a/k/a “The Dread Pirate Roberts,” a/k/a DPR, was sentenced to life in prison for operating the Silk Road, a darknet market website where illegal narcotics, firearms and other forms of contraband were bought and sold using a secure web browser known as Tor.Read Publication
Former Mexican Defense Minister Arrested for Drug Trafficking in the United States
Sanctions are a powerful tool in the United States’ foreign policy arsenal. Under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), armed with only an executive order, has the power to designate individuals, corporations, organizations or even countries as “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) thereby prohibiting “U.S. persons” from engaging in financial transactions with the SDN.
The “China Initiative”: The U.S. Department of Justice’s Country Specific Focus on the People’s Republic of China
Allegations by the American Administration of intellectual property theft emanating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are not new. In June2018, the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy issued a report entitled “How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World.”Read Publication
American Sanctions: The Reality of Criminal Prosecution and What the Case of Oleg Nikitin Teaches
(Russian Language Publication) This article discusses the Indictment of a Russian national, Oleg Nitikin for violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), a statute that by its own terms applies to “U.S. persons”.
Rabobank Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Charge, Agrees to Forfeit $368 Million
The article reports on Rabobank’s recent guilty plea to conspiracy and discusses criminal liability for money laundering. Rabobank had a weak compliance program that allowed the bank to capitalize on cash based customers operating along the U.S. Mexican border. Ultimately, however, the bank not only pled guilty; it also forfeited nearly $368 million dollars to the U.S. government.
The Special Investigative Measures of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers: Are the Protections Adequate?
The article examines the adequacy of due process protections afforded by the Kosovar law creating the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia closes but the Kosov Specialist Chamber has yet to Begin
Article (published in Albanian) discusses the closing of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the opening of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The two international tribunals both addressed war crimes arising out of the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia.Read Publication
The Right Experience
Article addresses the qualities that a client, particularly a client who is not located in the U.S. should look for when retaining white collar criminal counsel in the U.S.Read Publication
DOJ Edict Muddies Roles
Identifies issues with legal representation in corporate internal investigations.Read Publication