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White Collar Corner: DOJ signals softer stance toward criminal defendants

White collar defense lawyers have taken notice of a recent memo in which U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to proceed thoughtfully when pursuing indictments, plea agreements or long prison sentences. In the Dec. 16, 2022 memo (Garland memo), “General Department Policies Regarding Charging, Pleas, and Sentencing,” Garland cast doubt on ...

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