New Guatemala Attorney General Likely to Weaken Anti-Corruption Drive

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has chosen a new attorney general who is widely expected to discontinue her predecessor’s forceful anti-corruption drive, a decision that comes as little surprise given the administration’s ramped-up efforts to derail the fight against graft…

This article was written with assistance from Felipe Puerta and Héctor Silva Ávalos. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

LaSusa v. Antrim County

The Northern Express, a weekly magazine based in Traverse City, Michigan, covered my lawsuits against the Michigan State Police and Antrim County:

LaSusa and his father, Lawrence LaSusa, a Traverse City attorney … [have] sued Antrim County and the state police in an effort to get the courts to agree with their interpretation of Michigan’s FOI Act — which mandates that police agencies can’t charge for police reports when those reports are released for the common good…

Read the full article by Patrick Sullivan at the Northern Express.

Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Odebrecht Scandal Just Keeps Growing

In our March 29 Facebook Live session, Managing Editor Josefina Salomón and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed recent developments in a seemingly never-ending international corruption scandal involving Brazil construction giant Odebrecht…

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Venezuela’s New Digital Currency: Economic Gamble or Criminal Scam?

Venezuela is planning to launch a new digital currency called the “petro,” which officials in the South American country have billed as a way to ameliorate a dire economic situation. But experts say the petro could be used for more sinister purposes, including corruption and money laundering…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Colombia Election Results Cast Doubt Over Future of FARC Peace Deal

Recent congressional elections in Colombia brought victory to a slate of candidates opposed to a 2016 peace deal between the government and the now-demobilized FARC rebel group, creating serious uncertainty about the future of the accords ahead of a presidential election later this year…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.