Wednesday, June 28, 2006

In the News: Judge Shreds Thompson Memo

Federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York excoriated US attorneys for violating the Constitutional rights of former KPMG partners by pressuring KPMG to cut off legal fees provided under the terms of their partnership agreements. Kaplan said, “KPMG refused to pay because the government held the proverbial gun to its head.” Prosecutors had used the Thompson Memo to justify their actions.

This is a huge victory for the justice system and validates ACC's position that government prosecutors have gone too far in their tactics to get convictions. Kaplan concurred saying that the government has "let its zeal get in the way of its judgment."

See ACC's press release

Review Judge Kaplan's ruling.

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