How does the Department of Justice decide which cases are worth pursuing?

New York white collar criminal defense attorney, Priya Chaudhry, explains how the DOJ decides which case they will pursue.

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Generally, the Department of Justice wants to win and they want to pursue a case that’s worth it to them. So on the first end they look for cases where they have a lot of hard evidence. So not just people’s testimony but documents that would corroborate trade records, banking records, e-mails, texts, things like that.

And the second is to make it worth it. It’s very costly for the United States to investigate anything so they want to make sure this is case where there is a big loss or a big win.