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Jun 24, 2015

Analysis – Long arm of U.S. law may struggle to reach all FIFA defendants

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – (The initial publication of this story on June 4, 2015 included a photograph of a person who was misidentified as Mariano Jinkis. This correction removes the image of the misidentified individual and replaces it with an image of Mariano Jinkis.)

U.S. prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music. Several cannot be found, and the authorities in some countries may not agree to extradition requests.

Jun 23, 2015

Exclusive: Swiss authorities probing FIFA say Garcia report of little help – source

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Swiss authorities investigating whether there was corruption in the awarding of World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar are finding that a report produced by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia at the end of an internal FIFA inquiry is of little value to their probe, according to a source close to investigations into the soccer governing body.

    Swiss officials question whether Garcia’s report, which has not been made public, has significant evidentiary value, said the source, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. That is because Garcia, who was hired by FIFA, had no subpoena power, did not take sworn testimony, and was operating under FIFA’s own ethical rules, which had little enforcement power behind them, the source added.

Jun 23, 2015

Swiss authorities probing FIFA say Garcia report of little help-source

LONDON/NEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) – Swiss authorities investigating whether there was corruption in the awarding of World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar are finding that a report produced by U.S. lawyer Michael Garcia at the end of an internal FIFA inquiry is of little value to their probe, according to a source close to investigations into the soccer governing body.

Swiss officials question whether Garcia’s report, which has not been made public, has significant evidentiary value, said the source, who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity. That is because Garcia, who was hired by FIFA, had no subpoena power, did not take sworn testimony, and was operating under FIFA’s own ethical rules, which had little enforcement power behind them, the source added.

Jun 18, 2015

Top two FIFA officials hire lawyers as Swiss probe bank transactions

BERNE/NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA’s embattled president, Sepp Blatter, and his second-in-command have hired high-powered lawyers to represent them, two sources said as a corruption probe engulfs soccer’s global governing body with Swiss authorities identifying suspicious bank transactions.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said a person familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter, Valcke hire U.S. lawyers for corruption probe

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter and its Secretary General Jerome Valcke have both hired high-powered U.S. lawyers to represent them as a corruption probe roils soccer’s global governing body.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said a person familiar with the matter, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

Exclusive – Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe rocks football’s global governing body, a person familiar with the matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

FIFA’s Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a
high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe
rocks soccer’s global governing body, a person familiar with the
matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of
the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor,
said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 17, 2015

Exclusive: FIFA’s Blatter hires U.S. lawyer for corruption probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hired a high-powered U.S. lawyer to represent him as a corruption probe rocks soccer’s global governing body, a person familiar with the matter said.

Blatter recently retained Richard Cullen, the chairman of the law firm McGuireWoods and a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jun 6, 2015

U.S. judge for FIFA trials is familiar with organized crime cases

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. judge presiding over the corruption cases of indicted soccer officials may not have been able to pronounce the name of soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, during a secret hearing in 2013, but he does know how to oversee a proceeding that involves organized crime.

    U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie in Brooklyn, New York, has spent some of his nearly three decades on the bench handling mobster trials. A defendant was found murdered in one of the cases, and in another the head of a crime family walked the streets in a bathrobe as he faked a mental illness to try to avoid standing trial. 

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA hires ex-U.S. prosecutor as its lawyer in bribery probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has
hired a former New York prosecutor to represent it as senior
officials face bribery and corruption charges in a U.S. court, a
person familiar with the matter said.

William Burck, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel
Urquhart & Sullivan, was retained within the past month, said
the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.