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United States v. Melvin

Accountant is caught insider trading. He turns over $69k in profits to the SEC, plus an additional $109k penalty, and is banned from practicing accountancy before the SEC. But that’s not all. The DOJ seeks criminal penalties for the same misconduct. Double jeopardy? The Eleventh Circuit says no. The SEC penalties were civil, and the Double Jeopardy Clause only protects against repeated criminal penalties.


Tags: 2019, DOJ, Double Jeopardy, Eleventh Circuit

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