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DOJ Defies Constitution In KPMG Case, Judge Says

Law360 (June 28, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a decision that could affect future white collar cases, a district court judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the government violated the constitutional rights of former KPMG LLP partners by pressuring the firm to not pay their legal fees.

The 83-page ruling, handed down by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, said everyone is entitled to a fair trial, which entails reimbursing employees for legal expenses when they are charged with a crime for doing their job. In its zeal to prosecute white collar crime, the government...
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