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September 5, 2005

DOJ brags about white-collar prosecutions (but is silent on sentences)

Thanks to this post over at the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, I see that the Justice Department is bragging through this fact sheet about the efforts of the Corporate Fraud Task Force "to prosecute corporate malfeasance, protect the jobs of hard-working Americans, and restore confidence to the marketplace."  What I do not see in this interesting DOJ promotion are any details about the sentences imposed in the "over 700 corporate fraud convictions" that the Corporate Fraud Task Force has secured since July 2002.

For a host of reasons, the data on the sentences imposed in this unique universe of 700 white-collar cases could be quite interesting and important.  As discussed in some prior posts (here and here and here), there might be a pattern of leniency in some white-collar cases after Booker (which might in turn reflect a perception that the federal guidelines are too tough on white-collar offenders).  Since this universe of 700 cases straddles the Booker decision, sentencing data on these cases might be of great value to researchers interested in various Booker or white-collar sentencing issues.

Do you think that, if we all ask nicely and remember to say please, DOJ might possibly release another fact sheet with sentencing data on these cases?  I would be grateful, but I am not holding my breath.

September 5, 2005 at 02:43 AM | Permalink

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