Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan took another swipe Wednesday at the government’s conduct in its prosecution of 16 former employees of accounting firm KPMG who allegedly developed illegal tax shelters for wealthy clients.

Kaplan, in United States v. Jeffrey Stein, S105 Crim. 0888, ruled that federal prosecutors coerced two ex-employees into giving statements at proffer sessions, and he refused to allow the government to use those statements at a trial scheduled for January.

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