Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations

(Harvard University Press, 2014)

Book Forum
December 3, 2014
12:15PM to 1:45PM
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring the author Brandon Garrett, Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; with comments by James Copland, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Legal Policy, Manhattan Institute; moderated by Gabriel Latner, Legal Associate, Cato Institute.

What happens when the biggest businesses in the world are accused of committing crimes? What should happen? Too Big to Jail peers into the hidden world of corporate prosecutions, revealing how Justice Department lawyers have used settlements, non-prosecution agreements, deferred prosecution agreements, and plea bargains to exact billions of dollars from corporate defendants—without ever going to court. This lack of judicial oversight creates a very real danger that justice is not being served: the guilty can literally buy their way out of prosecution, while others are forced to pay fines grossly disproportionate to any offense. Please join us for an in-depth discussion with two scholars whose work is on the cutting edge of an emerging national debate.