Power Corrupts. Who Governs Government?

Jesse Jackson Jr. has plead guilty to misusing campaign funds for personal expenses including a $43,000 gold-plated Rolex watch, Michael Jackson memorabilia and over $10,000 in children’s furniture.  Jackson’s wife is also charged with tax fraud and as a co-conspirator.  She resigned her position as a Chicago Alderman in January.  Jesse Jackson was recently elected … Continued

UK Bribery Act: Can Universal Jurisdiction Act Affect You?

With a broad set of legal definitions and stiff penalties, the UK Bribery Act is often described as “the toughest anti-corruption legislation in the world”. But while UK-based enterprises and lawyers scramble to avoid the Act’s prosecutorial molars, the real worldwide fear is in reaction to the Act’s long-reaching and deadly fangs: universal jurisdiction. Achieving … Continued

Griffiths Energy Bribery Results in Massive Fine, Cancelled IPO

Calgary-based oil and gas exploration firm Griffiths Energy has seen a $2-milllion bribe paid to a diplomat’s wife turn into a damaging series of events that includes a cancelled IPO and a $10.35-million fine for bribery. After being charged under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Officials Act, the company was forced to cancel “what would have … Continued