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Federal White Collar Crime
J.D. Course 455 | 4 credit hours
This advanced criminal law course covers selected substantive and procedural areas of importance in "white-collar" criminal practice, with a focus on federal law, which is the primary vehicle for prosecutions in this area. A portion of the class will be devoted to the study of certain statutes and their applications, including examinations of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act ("RICO"), false statements and money laundering prosecutions. We will also study the United States Sentencing Guidelines applicable to individuals and to corporations, and will explore the principles governing entity liability. The balance of the class will be devoted to an examination of subjects of particular concern to prosecutors and defense counsel in "white-collar" or business crime cases, including, in addition to the substantive crimes, investigative and grand jury practices, privileges applicable in a corporate setting, immunity, plea bargaining, cooperation agreements, discovery, and the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure. Strongly recommended: Criminal Law.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Role of the Federal Prosecutor or Federal Investigations and Prosecutions.
Students may take this course and Advanced Criminal Procedure but it is not recommended.