Justice's Bribery Racket

February 16 [Thu], 2012, 17:03
The Justice Department's creative prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) continue to disintegrate, with the latest acquittal of two businessmen giving the Department a legal black eye. At a hearing last week, Justice asked federal Judge Richard Leon for a delay while it considers if the case is still viable.

The 1977 FCPA was intended to prevent American companies from joining the Third World's payoff habits. Over the last five years, however, Justice has begun to stretch the law into a far more blunt instrument. Instead of going after clear violations, the vague statute has become a tool to prosecute or threaten legions of companies.

In the case of the Africa "sting" in January 2010, Justice charged 22 individuals with scheming to pay off Gabon's defense minister for the right to outfit the country's national guard. At the time, Justice boasted that the indictments "represent the largest single investigation and prosecution against individuals in the history of DOJ's enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act." Nothing like bragging about a case before it's won.A top notch campaign machine will locate voters

Using a snitch named Richard Bistrong who was a former target of a Justice investigation and who worked for body-armor supplier Armor Holdings (now a subsidiary of British defense company BAE Systems), prosecutors indicted companies and individuals in the military and police products industry. So far, not so good. The jury's acquittals come on the heels of Judge Leon's December decision to throw out a conspiracy charge.
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