Rizzo Environmental Services has been cooperating in a federal white collar crime investigation involving alleged widespread corruption in Macomb County government. As recently reported in the Detroit Free Press, the results of the investigation and the coming slew of anti-corruption charges are expected to have far-reaching effects throughout local governments in southeast Michigan. This past Thursday, the first domino fell as Clinton Township Trustee, Dean Reynolds, was charged in federal court with accepting cash bribes from Rizzo to help secure the lucrative $18 million dollar government contract extension to pick up the township's trash until 2026.
In The Justice System, it is obvious that state and federal felony charges can have serious consequences, including substantial incarceration, parole, probation, fines and costs, attorney fees, and non-citizen deportation.
High profile cases in the Justice System present unique challenges. The case of Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's former mayor, is no exception. Mr. Kilpatrick continues to make news as he approaches the date of his trial on racketeering charges. In a recent meeting with journalists, Kilpatrick claims that he cannot get a fair trial in Detroit because he has been unfairly persecuted for acts he never committed. Kilpatrick believes that there is no possible way a jury in Detroit will be unbiased when it is widely believed he stole millions from the city. Over 400 jurors have been given questionnaires regarding the case during recent jury selection.
White Collar Crime includes foreign crime. When it comes to punishing major drug companies, the United States government has made it very clear that you can run, but you cannot hide. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has spent over three years investigating some of the largest drug manufacturers for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Those familiar with the criminal justice system understand that what you see, isn't always what you get. Many people are charged with crimes, but often some of these people don't end up with convictions. There are statutes that allow for certain defendants, usually first time offenders, to escape a criminal conviction by successfully completing probation or other conditions set by the court.