The Justice Department has pledged to prioritize prosecution of Wall Street criminals.
The Boston Globe reports that the DOJ established new rules in an effort to hold individual employees and their companies accountable.
The rules were issued in a memo to federal prosecutors in an attempt to also pressure corporations to cooperate when their executives are accused of wrongdoing.
“Corporations can only commit crimes through flesh-and-blood people,” Sally Q. Yates, the deputy attorney general and the author of the memo, said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s only fair that the people who are responsible for committing those crimes be held accountable. The public needs to have confidence that there is one system of justice and it applies equally regardless of whether that crime occurs on a street corner or in a boardroom.”
The FBI likes the idea of driverless cars but also fears them, according to a newly released FBI report.
While the cars would help chase down criminals, they also would help them flee, the FBI wrote in the report, Forbes reports.
According to the FBI, the driverless cars could serve as getaways for criminals, who wouldn’t need to pay attention to the road and could even shoot at pursuers.
The FBI believe the cars will be approved for public use within the next seven years.
But there are perks to driverless cars for the FBI. Response times could quicken, for example, because the cars avoid potential collisions and detection.
The report adds that “algorithms can control the distance that the patrol car is behind the target to avoid detection – or intentionally have a patrol car make opposite turns at intersections, yet successfully meet up at later points with the target.”
A new book explores the secret world of FBI informants, questioning the extent of bureau protection for killers and other criminals, U.S. News & World Report said.
“Deal With the Devil: The FBI’s Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer” is written by investigative reporter and former ABC correspondent Peter Lance, who exposes the bureau’s questionable relationship with mobster Gregory Scarpa Sr., AKA the “Grim Reaper.”
Scarpa “was the most vicious killer in the history of La Cosa Nostra,” a notorious crime organization in the U.S. and Italy.
Because of deals with the FBI, Scarpa served a total of 30 days “in over 40 years of murder and racketeering.”