The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger — What Happened to the DoJ?

An investigation into America’s treatment of corporate crime argues that the prosecutors lost their nerve

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Media Outlet: Financial Times

The Financial Times reviewed Jesse Eisinger's new book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives:

Eisinger, who borrows for his title Comey’s moderately profane appellation, details an unmistakable decline in the justice department’s willingness and ability to prosecute corporate crime. For the four years 2012-2015, white-collar cases made up just 10 per cent of the DoJ’s caseload — roughly one-half the share two decades earlier. “The justice system is broken,” Eisinger concludes, adding that the DoJ in recent years “became fearful of losing and lost sight of its fundamental mission to make this country a just place”.

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Jesse Eisinger was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, and is the author of The Chickenshit Club—an inside reference to prosecutors who were too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs. He is a senior reporter at ProPublica and writes a regular column for the New York Times’ Dealbook section.