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There are significant differences among the various divisions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in how they deal with corporations on criminal or potentially criminal matters, including the way they treat voluntary disclosures, their willingness to enter into non-prosecution or deferred prosecution agreements, and their policies and practices in entering into plea agreements. To some extent, these disparities are not surprising given the differences in the nature of the criminal activities that the various divisions handle. This is certainly true of the Antitrust Division, whose Corporate Leniency Policy, promising amnesty under predefined conditions to the first company to report criminal antitrust activity, has no counterpart in any other component of the DOJ. However, other disparities do not appear to be justified. One of these, the Antitrust Division’s “carve out” policy, has finally been modified to bring it in line with the policies of the rest of the Justice Department.

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