DOJ Official Defends Corporate Settlements That Stop Short of Guilty Pleas – WSJ

Settlement agreements known as deferred prosecution agreements and nonprosecution agreements, which stop short of requiring corporate guilty pleas, don’t let businesses off the hook, Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole Argentieri, who heads the department’s criminal division, said Tuesday at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“Those are really serious agreements that are highly negotiated,” she said. “They require forward-looking change by a company. They’re not a pass.”

Senators from both parties raised concerns about the Justice Department’s efforts to crack down on corporate crime. The lawmakers focused on the use of the settlement agreements along with decisions in some instances to not prosecute executives.

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