White Collar Crime Professor Merritt Spring 2012 COURSE OUTLINE Text: Brickey, Corporate and White Collar Crime 5th Ed. with Supplement Recommended: Strader, Understanding White Collar Crime 3rd Ed. This is a survey course covering three topics. The first is the liability of a corporation for criminal activity and the liability of corporate officers for the crimes committed “by the corporation.” The Second is the punishment scheme for corporations and individuals found to have committed so called “White Collar” crimes. The third and bulk of the course is a survey of the various federal offenses that are the main line of “White Collar” prosecutions. It is a survey, and we will review the elements and the principal defenses. We will find that we move more quickly through the material than we might like. We have 700 pages to cover in 13 weeks so we will cover about 55 pages a week. After teaching for 35 years, I am very confident that I am not able to predict where we will end any particular class. I will attempt to let you know at the end of the class what I anticipate we will cover in the next class. One important feature of this class is that it is dynamic in that the issues we are discussing are being litigated as we are moving through the class. I will be distributing and posting additional information during the course as it becomes available Corporate Criminal Liability pp 1-38 Personal Liability in an Organizational Setting pp 39-60 Conspiracy pp 61-84 Mail Fraud pp 85-152 Securities Fraud pp 153-198 False Statements pp 199-242 Perjury & False Declarations pp 243-247 Obstruction of Justice pp 275-338 Bribery of Public Officials pp 339-392 RICO pp 393-474 Tax Fraud pp 475-518 Currency Crimes & Money Laundering pp 519-570 Environmental Crimes pp 571-636 Sentencing pp 637-698 The supplement should be read in conjunction with the material being covered. ATTENDANCE Attendance is required in conformity with the College of Law Policy. All individuals who miss more than three classes will be dropped. It is expected that individuals will be here and on time. Illness, work related absences, family deaths are understood to occur. If you are going to have to miss a class, please make reasonable efforts to notify me in advance or as soon thereafter as possible. A record of this is maintained and should you exceed three absences in this class, that record will be utilized in any discussion with the Dean regarding dropping a student from class.. Late arrivals are unprofessional and discourteous to the other members of the class and to the faculty member. They should be avoided. Likewise leaving in the middle of class is totally inappropriate. Empty your bladder before you get to class although I would request that you do leave if necessary rather than creating a puddle or a pile. If you have to leave to make an emergency phone call, it is understood. Please set your cellphones to the silent mode before class begins. Contact information: Phone: 419-535-8775 Leave a message if I am not there, I will return the call even if long distance. email: email@example.com I reside immediately adjacent to the law school and do not mind receiving students at reasonable times. I will not answer substantive exam questions on the day of the exam.
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