Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a sweeping and telling memo on September 9, 2015. The purpose of the Memo, issued a day after she gave new guidance to Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys - outlining the importance of individual accountability in DOJ prosecutions, was to articulate several changes to DOJ policy, particularly regarding the definition of cooperation credit for corporations.
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The gist of the sweeping memo was to alert prosecutors that punishment should reach those who perpetrated the fraud themselves, and not just a fine to the corporation. This brings personal accountability and responsibility to a whole new level.
Deputy Yates wants you to know that the Justice Department is serious about accountability of bad actors and that individual accountability is real. She wants to make the marketplace a "level playing field".
Recently, Sally Yates provided more insight into the "Yates Memo"as it has become known.