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Do deferred prosecutions keep banks honest or let them cheat?

"In any probationary system, sanctions work best when increased in gradual steps. But the maximum penalty — full prosecution leading to sentencing before a judge — must be seen as a potential outcome for the corporate violator that fails to accomplish rehabilitation."

— Professor Samuel Buell

New York Times: For deferred prosecution to work, government’s threat must be credible

Professor Buell

ABOUT Samuel Buell

Samuel Buell's research and teaching focus on criminal law and on the regulatory state, particularly regulation of corporations and financial markets. His current work explores the conceptual structure of white collar offenses, the problem of behaviors that evolve to avoid legal control, and the treatment of the corporation and the white collar offender in the criminal justice system.

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