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639 - White Collar Crime
Professor: Doug Squires
Semester: 2011 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Prerequisites: 533 Criminal Law
Means of Assessment: Exam
White collar crime has been called “the fastest growing legal specialty in the United States.” Generally speaking, white collar crime involves the use of a violator’s position of significant power, influence, or trust in the “legitimate” order for the purpose of illegal gain. The prosecution and defense of white collar crime differ significantly from the prosecution and defense of street crime at every stage. For example, in white collar crime cases: (I) grand jury investigations play a major role in determining “what happened”, (ii) there is often litigation about whether “what happened” is a crime; and (iii) civil remedies and consequences are a large part of the defendant’s exposure. The course will examine these and other aspects of white collar crime in a survey of the (mostly federal) substantive law of white collar crime, including conspiracy, mail fraud, RICO, money laundering, and public corruption.
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