Conference Reports: Federal Prosecutors Promise Tough Enforcement, Encourage Cooperation As Defense Attorneys Gather for Annual ABA White Collar Crime Institute
Mar.12.2010 — BNA's White Collar Crime Report
Janet Levine, Los Angeles-based partner with Crowell & Moring LLP and chair of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group, was featured as a panalists in BNA’s coverage of the American Bar Association’s 24th annual National Institute on White Collar Crime. Levine spoke during a session on obstruction-of-justice cases and talked about the need to warn clients as early as possible against trying to deceive employers during corporate internal investigations. According to Levin, “some U.S. attorneys offices have brought obstruction charges against employees who gave statements to employers before the government even began an investigation. Federal prosecutors bring those counts on the theory that the employee should have known his or her statement would be shared with prosecutors.” She called it the “broadest interpretation” of the statute’s “knowingly” element. “Clients aren’t used to thinking that what they say to their boss is going to put them in jail,” she said.