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News:

New York/New Jersey: GWB Trial: A complex case for Bridgegate players Record NJ (CAPI mention)

Detroit: 2 face sentencing in Detroit schools corruption case ABC13

USA: Patent office workers bilked government of millions by playing hooky, watchdog finds Washington Post

Chicago: Prosecutor that led big corruption trials, including Blagojevich, leaving Washington Post

Puerto Rico: Legislator ends re-election bid under pressure NYT

California: State to review South El Monte after mayor caught in bribery scandal LA Times

UK: Companies could face tougher corruption laws under PM May Bloomberg

Mexico: Supreme Court overturns state anti-corruption laws Fox News

UK: Brekenbauer investigated over over 2006 World Cup corruption BBC

Maldives: Newspaper raided after corruption claims against president Guardian


Other Views:

Trump's best example of political corruption is himself Washington Post

South Africa: How the ANC's corruption woes started when apartheid ended Newsweek

Why Clinton's perceived corruption seems to echo louder than Trump's actual corruption Chicago Tribune
 
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Asset Forfeiture in Public Corruption Cases


Practitioner Guide

Public corruption is typically motivated by money. When caught, corrupt offenders are often ordered to pay restitution to their victims. Yet, victims have little power to actually collect what they are owed.

Asset forfeiture is a useful law enforcement remedy to this problem. Prosecutors can pursue and seize ill-gotten gains that would otherwise be spent or hidden from victims.  

How should practitioners pursue asset forfeiture? How can it be used to deter corruption? 



Our latest brief, by Assistant United States Attorney Pamela Stanek, details the mechanics of civil and criminal asset forfeiture as they relate to public corruption. 

This brief was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.    

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