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December 9, 2016

Head of the DOJ Criminal Division Says Some Federal Cases “Shouldn’t Be Filed”

Leslie Caldwell, the head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, acknowledged yesterday that some federal prosecutors lack the experience and supervision to properly determine whether to bring charges, writes the National Law Journal.

“There are districts where oversight is not what it should be, the experience level is not what it should be,” said Caldwell, speaking generally about U.S. attorneys’ offices during a Federalist Society debate over the limits of criminal law.

The debate also featured white-collar defense lawyers who represented companies including FedEx, Vascular Solutions, and Warner Chilcott, all of whom were cleared this year in controversial federal prosecutions.

 

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