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Corporate Crime Reporter
October 22, 2015

David Burnham on the Drop in Corporate Crime Prosecutions

Burnham and TRAC have been pounding the Justice Department for years to release the complete LIONS database — including names of corporate defendants. But isn’t LIONS a public database? “In theory it is,” Burnham told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “The law says it is. But it took us nearly twenty years to get the Justice Department to provide it to us. We now get it on a monthly basis — a very timely basis. It took four lawsuits. We were represented by Public Citizen. With Tom Susman at Ropes & Gray — we are now getting Civil Division information on a monthly basis.” “Every single referral that is made is included in this LIONS database — from the minute it is made. The U.S. Attorney describes what the agency recommended, what was the lead charge, what was the program category. Was it declined or not declined? And if it goes forward, what happens to it.”

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