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December 29, 2005

Making sure crime does not pay (in book profits)

Earlier this month, as detailed here, former OSU marketing professor Roger Blackwell was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his role in an insider-trading scheme.  This newspaper article details an interesting follow-up ruling in the case: the sentencing judge has now "reaffirmed his decision to prohibit Roger D. Blackwell from making money by writing a book about Blackwell's insider-trading crimes" while on supervised release.  Here are more details on the ruling (which I cannot yet find on-line):

In a seven-page order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James L. Graham rejected Blackwell's attorneys' objections to the ban. They objected on the grounds that it was not part of standard sentencing guidelines and violated the First Amendment....

Graham said the ban, which also includes work on movies or other media products, is appropriate because Blackwell’s crimes "involve breaches of his fiduciary duty and betrayal of the trust and confidence reposed in him."... Graham said the former professor "is free to continue to proclaim his innocence to whomever will listen," but should not be able to reap any financial reward from his crimes while in supervised release....

Graham noted that the ban he ordered "is narrowly tailored to achieve the goals of rehabilitation and deterrence" and doesn't halt Blackwell’s career as an author of business textbooks or publications about marketing.

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