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Why is it so hard to stop corporate crime?

In the eight years since the collapse of the mortgage-backed securities market precipitated the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, authorities have gone after business misconduct with unprecedented vigor. But despite public pressure and ever-expanding tools and powers to go after corporate wrongdoing, in most cases, the company pays a large fine and promises to clean up its act while top executives escape punishment.

Duke Law Magazine, "The endless cycle of corporate crime and why it’s so hard to stop "

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  • Lisa Kern Griffin portrait
    Candace M. Carroll and Leonard B. Simon Professor of Law

    Griffin’s scholarship focuses on evidence theory, constitutional criminal procedure, and federal criminal justice policy. Her most recent work concerns the status and significance of silence in criminal investigations, the relationship between constructing narratives and achieving factual accuracy in the courtroom, the criminalization of dishonesty in legal institutions and the political process, and the impact of popular culture about the criminal justice system.