2nd Circ. Affirms Oil Bribery Conviction of Handbag King

Law360, New York (December 14, 2011, 4:51 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit affirmed the conviction Wednesday of a co-founder of handbag company Dooney & Bourke for conspiring to bribe Azerbaijani officials during an oil deal, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Frederic Bourke Jr. had argued that U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary S. Poole should overturn his conviction for involvement in a scheme to pay off officials during the privatization of Azerbaijan's oil industry following its 1991 independence because of flaws in the jury instructions and evidentiary rulings. However, Judge Poole said the district...
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