SAFE Banking Act Vote Next Week

Wall Street Awaits Cannabis Banking Vote in Congress Next Week: (“Analysts are keeping a close watch on a House committee vote scheduled for Tuesday on a bill to get cannabis industry cash off the streets and into bank accounts.  Called the ‘SAFE Act,’ the measure would allow banks to service cannabis companies that comply with state laws. * * * The vote is likely to come on March 26 and the measure will probably pass, analysts say, even though some Republicans are said to have raised questions about measures designed to prevent money laundering and ensure compliance with bank secrecy laws.”)

Trump-Russia Probe Complete

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General: (“The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, on Friday delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years. * * * Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter that he may brief them on the special counsel’s ‘principal conclusions’ as early as this weekend, a surprisingly fast turnaround for a report anticipated for months. The attorney general said he ‘remained committed to as much transparency as possible.'”)

DOJ Promises Fairness to Companies That Self-Report Corporate Crimes

DOJ’s Brian Benczkowski Pledges “Fair Shake” for Cooperating Companies: (“Companies that come forward to report misconduct to the government should know they will receive a “fair shake” from the U.S. Justice Department, the head of the criminal division said Friday, making the case for voluntary disclosure of corporate misdeeds. * * * ‘Aggravating factors like high-level executive involvement in the misconduct will not necessarily preclude a declination’ . . . Benczkowski, who leads the Justice Department’s criminal division, said at a white-collar conference in New Orleans.”

Former Guantanamo Commanding Officer Charged with Obstructing Investigation

US Department of Justice Charges Former Guantanamo Chief with Obstructing Death Probe: (“A former commanding officer of the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba has been charged with obstruction of justice and accused of lying about a violent confrontation he had with a civilian worker at the base just before that worker was found dead. * * * The Justice Department announced Wednesday that a Florida grand jury had indicted U.S. Navy Capt. John Nettleton, 53, on charges of obstruction, concealment, falsifying records and false statements during the investigation of the death of Christopher Tur, who worked at the naval exchange. * * * Tur, 42, was found drowned in the waters of Guantanamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2015. The indictment charges that Tur confronted Nettleton two days earlier at a party at the officers club, where Tur accused Nettleton of having an affair with his wife, according to authorities.”)

Congress Finds BOP Fails to Adequately Address Misconduct in Federal Prisons

Misconduct in Federal Prisons Is Tolerated or Ignored, Congressional Report Says: (“Misconduct in the federal prison system is widespread, tolerated and routinely covered up or ignored, including among senior officials, according to a congressional report released this week. * * * The report, by the House Subcommittee on National Security, found that a permissive environment in the Bureau of Prisons had often made lower-ranking employees targets of abuse—including sexual assault and harassment—by prisoners and staff members. * * * Inmates can easily exploit that culture of permissiveness, the report said. ‘If they know that an employee will get little support from management if harassed, that employee becomes a target.’”)