United States v. Stein
- Case Date: 1/23/2008
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On August 28, 2008, WLF scored a major victory when the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of indictments against certain employees of KPMG, a major accounting firm. U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the indictments last year because KPMG was pressured by the Justice Department to stop advancing legal defense fees to the targeted employees in order to avoid indictment of the company. The Second Circuit ruled that KPMG, in limiting the advancement of fees to its employees, was acting at the behest of the Justice Department and, therefore, was a state actor that deprived the employees of their Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
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