- Obstruction and why it matters in US Federal investigations
- Obstruction of justice is a powerful tool for Federal prosecutors
- Obstruction statutes criminalise broad categories of conduct
- Obstruction can occur even before an investigation begins
- Criminal obstruction can occur in a civil investigation
- Companies should take steps to prevent obstructive conduct in investigations
Law360, New York: Many recent media reports have used the term ‘obstruction of justice’ in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Understanding obstruction laws is vital to understanding federal government investigations both in and out of the political realm. Lisa M. Krigsten, partner in the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Dentons and a former principal deputy assistant attorney general within the U.S. Department of Justice, looks at why any company responding to a federal subpoena, or conducting an internal investigation in US, ignores this at its own peril.
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