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New edition released of Wayne Law professor's book on public corruption law

June 24, 2014

Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter Henning’s book, The Prosecution and Defense of Public Corruption: The Law and Legal Strategies, has been newly released by LexisNexis.

The book first was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.

“The book is available both in a hardcover edition and now online through Lexis, which makes it more accessible to practicing lawyers,” Henning said. “The book will also now be updated on Lexis with annual supplements to provide information on new decisions.”

And new decisions in public corruptions cases frequently make the news headlines.

“The number of corruption prosecutions continues to grow as the Department of Justice puts greater emphasis on combatting bribery at the state and local level,” Henning said. “We have also seen much higher sentences imposed in the past few years for corruption convictions, including the 28-year sentence given to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The book now tracks sentences in a wide range of corruption cases.”

According to the publisher, the book offers “a thorough legal analysis of the disparate areas of the law that can be used to prosecute public officials at all levels of government.” Topics addressed include evidence gathering issues, privilege issues, issues at trial and sentencing issues.

Henning was a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where he worked on cases involving insider trading, penny stock fraud, market manipulation and accounting irregularities. He then moved to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked in the Fraud Section on the investigation and prosecution of bank fraud. He joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1994.

His scholarship focuses primarily on white collar crime, constitutional criminal procedure and attorney ethics. He has written 10 books and writes a regular column, White Collar Watch, for The New York Times DealBook. Henning is widely sought for his expertise and often quoted by media outlets.

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