Friday, July 20, 2007

Judge Kaplan and KPMG

Judge Lewis Kaplan "dismissed indictments against 13 of 16 former KPMG executives charged" with tax evasion, among other crimes, WSJ, 17 July.

I think Kaplan made a mistake. He should have let the case go to trial and admitted into evidence all of the US Attoney's actions as wrongdoing. Making a conviction impossible after impanelling a jury would have made the acquittals unappealeable because of double jeaporady. As things stand, the indictment dismissals will be appealed to the Second Circuit in New York.

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