Caldwell Remarks Clarify Yates Memo's Purpose

Law360, New York (September 30, 2015, 1:44 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memorandum outlining six specific policy measures designed to focus the department's resources on the prosecution of individuals alleged to be involved in corporate wrongdoing.[1] On Sept. 22, 2015, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell provided much anticipated insight into the memo's aims and how the memo should affect the DOJ's handling of corporate and individual investigations going forward, ultimately warning corporate defense attorneys that they "should hear a new message and see a different approach."[2]

At a conference hosted by Global Investigations Review ("GIR"), Caldwell said the memo's purpose was to...

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