Law360 Looks to Manatt Partner on Changes Within DOJ Criminal Division
"Despite Spotlight, Next DOJ Chief May Face Diminished Role"
January 29, 2013—Law360 looked to Manatt's Kenneth Julian, a partner in the firm's Litigation Division, for insight into the changes that will occur at the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division if its head, Lanny Breuer, steps down.
Law360 reports that if Breuer leaves his post after a four-year tenure, as rumored, his successor will assume a role with heavy public exposure but little ability to change enforcement priorities. Industry experts speculate that the DOJ will continue to cede authority to regional offices while pursuing a typical array of cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claims Act.
The DOJ may also be hamstrung in pursuing crisis-era cases. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere face a strict five-year statute of limitations for filing claims over the meltdown, suggesting many dormant cases will never see the light of day, said Julian.
"We're starting to get to the point where they'll either have to bring some of these cases or forget about it," he said.
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