'Yates Memo' Author Defends Policy, Says Shift Is In Effect

Law360, New York (May 10, 2016, 8:57 PM EDT) -- Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates on Tuesday defended the Justice Department's renewed policy to prosecute individuals in corporate cases, pushing back against criticism over attorney-client privilege concerns, but warning that individuals are now in prosecutors' sights from the inception of an investigation.

In remarks given to attorneys at a white collar conference in Manhattan, Yates said nothing in the Department of Justice's months-old individual accountability policy, better known as the Yates Memo, requires companies to waive attorney-client privilege or rolls back protections already in place.

Yates said the DOJ policy, unveiled in September, only requires that companies turn over all...

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