Tighter Rules Eyed For Deferred Prosecution Deals

Law360, New York (January 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A New Jersey congressman has introduced legislation to clarify U.S. Department of Justice rules on a type of settlement federal prosecutors increasingly enter into with corporations, amid questions over whether favoritism has become part of the process.

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-N.J., proposed a bill Tuesday that would force the Justice Department to meet a list of requirements before approving a so-called deferred prosecution agreement with a company and would require such agreements to be subject to independent oversight.

Deferred prosecution agreements, increasingly employed by federal...
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