Criticism Of DPAs And NPAs Is Unwarranted

Law360, New York (September 25, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has received increasingly heightened criticism for its use of deferred-prosecution agreements (DPAs) or nonprosecution agreements (NPAs) in recent weeks. The New York Times recently criticized DPAs as what they view as the “government’s preferred approach to corporate crime [with] scant, if any, deterrent effect.”[1] Noted white collar attorney Michael Volkov, in his Corruption, Crime & Compliance blog, seems to agree, decreeing that “Prosecutors should either bring a case or decline to bring a case. There is no reason to establish middle...
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