Feds Admit 'Substantial Failures' In Iran Sanctions Case

Law360 (November 2, 2020, 6:41 PM EST) -- New York federal prosecutors admitted on Friday to "substantial failures" in their handling of potentially exculpatory evidence in a now-dismissed case accusing a businessman of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, but denied that those mistakes were in any way intentional.

The delayed disclosure of evidence in the government's case against Iranian entrepreneur Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad resulted in a vacated guilty verdict and prompted the judge to issue a blistering critique of the Southern District of New York's conduct in the matter.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said in a September order that the government "both violated its disclosure obligations and subsequently...

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