Russell Mokhiber

Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter.  He is also founder of singlepayeraction.org, and editor of the website Morgan County USA.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 8:15am
News Organizations Move to Overturn Gag Order in Blankenship Case
A group of news organizations — the Charleston Gazette , National Public Radio, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal — and Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting — have filed a motion to overturn Judge Irene Berger’s gag order in the criminal case against former Massey CEO Don...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 8:15am
Gag Order in Blankenship Case Under Fire
It’s a remarkable gag order. And reporters and news organizations in West Virginia are circling the wagons, looking to overturn it. The criminal indictment of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for his role in the April 2010 Upper Big Branch explosion has been the top story in West Virginia...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 8:15am
In Sweetheart Deal, Macy’s Criminal Plea to Be Expunged, Probation to be Terminated
The press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office reads — “Macy’s Pleads in Death of an Employee.” According to the district attorney, Macy’s Corporate Services, Inc. plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporate criminal liability for the death of an employee in 2009. The...
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Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 9:01am
The Life of a Corporate Lobbyist
Steve Wehrly worked for more than 25 years as a corporate lobbyist in Washington state and Washington, D.C. He represented beer companies (Miller Brewing), insurance companies (Safeco Insurance), tobacco industry (smokeless tobacco council), and casinos (Muckleshoot Tribe). Wehrly was successful. He saved tens of millions of dollars for his clients.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:06pm
The Case for a Corporate Homicide Law
When Ira Reiner was the District Attorney for Los Angeles County back twenty‑five years ago or so, he had a policy of opening a criminal investigation every time a worker died on the job. Not that he would prosecute every case. But he would investigate every case as a corporate crime. And sometimes he would bring criminal charges against the corporation for the death of a worker.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:24pm
The Price of Justice: Greed, Corruption and Big Coal
Check out this cast of characters. Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy. He lives in a big house. Hugh Caperton, a mine owner, who alleges that Massey drove him out of business. He lives in a big house.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 9:28am
Collateral Consequences Weighed for Corporations, Not for Individuals
In case you had any doubt that federal prosecutors favor corporations over individuals, check out Mythili Raman’s testimony before a House hearing this week. Raman is the acting chief of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. She appeared before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:58pm
In HOV Lane, Is a Corporation a Person?
In the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, is the corporation a person? Jonathan Frieman wants to know. That’s why for ten years he traveled in the HOV lanes in northern California alongside legal papers of one of his non profit corporations — the JoMiJo Foundation. And for ten years, no police officer stopped him.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:47pm
Avoiding Corporate Crime
There’s some extra space in the AP Stylebook now that its editors have eliminated the term “illegal immigrant.” I propose that AP replace it with “corporate crime.” There’s little question that corporate crime — pollution, corruption, fraud, reckless homicide — inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined
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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:22am
Can Politico Sink Any Lower?
Politico is out this morning with a
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