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News:

Arizona: Lobbyist seeks to cut allegations from bribery indictment The Washington Times

California: New charges added to corruption case against Palmdale mayor and two others Los Angeles Times


California: Prosecutors widen inquiry into possible conflicts of interest involving Santa Monica politicians Los Angeles Times

Indiana: Ex-Merrillville councilman pleads guilty to bribery; swapped towing contract for 2 vehicles 
Chicago Tribune

Maryland: Lawyers for Maryland Senator Oaks say he was entrapped by FBI in public corruption case The Baltimore Sun

New Jersey: Justice Department Dismisses Corruption Case Against Menendez The New York Times 

New York: New York Lawyer: Prosecutors Discriminated Against My Client The Wall Street Journal (CAPI Mention)

North Dakota: North Dakota Group Backs Government Ethics Overhaul Measure U.S. News

USA: Justice Dept. Escalates Inquiry on Global Sports Corruption 
The New York Times

USA: Ex-Navy commander pleads guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ bribery case NavyTimes

Australia: Bill Shorten promises federal anti-corruption watchdog if he wins the next election The Sydney Morning Herald

Brazil: Brazilian police serve 100 warrants in pension investigations Reuters


Philippines: Philippine anti-graft chief defies Duterte order in standoff The Washington Post

Romania: Romania's legislators approve new government; EU ministry in spotlight Reuters

South Africa: South Africa's Zuma to meet ANC top six 'over his future': state broadcaster Reuters

 

Opinion: 

If the judiciary won't crack down on political corruption, it's up to Congress to act Los Angeles Times 


 

Brazil's Lava Jato Scandal and the Use of American Tools to Bring the Perpetrators to Justice


Join Professor Thiago Bottino, Professor Daniel Richman, CLS Brazil, and CAPI next week for a three-session discussion of the evolution of the Brazilian Justice System, the United States' influence on reforms, and the facts and importance of the "Lavo Jato" case. 


Session 1:  February 6, 3:00 to 4:30 pm- Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall Room 106

The structure of the Brazilian Justice system; how judges, prosecutors and lawyers operate in a semi-inquisitorial system.

Session 2:  February 7, 12:10 to 1:15 pm-  Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall Room 107 (lunch will be served)

The United States' influence on recent reform efforts in the Brazilian criminal justice system.

Session 3:  February 8, 3:00 to 4:30 pm- Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall Room 102A

The investigation and prosecution of corruption in the “Lava Jato” (car wash) operation.




 

Raising the Bar

Reducing Conflicts of Interest and Increasing Transparency in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising 

 
Last week CAPI released a report based on our independent review of the campaign fundraising practices of Manhattan Distirct Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The report—which was requested by Vance in October 2017 following media reports suggesting that certain charging decisions may have been influenced by campaign contributions—provides seven recommendations to improve policies around soliciting and accepting campaign donations to avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest as well as unconscious biases. Read the full report here
 
 
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