Ring of fire

By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 23, 2008

It is one thing, after all, to cook or otherwise mess up the books, but quite another, under these circumstances, to defend such practices by claiming that the independent auditor, one of the nation’s “Big Four” accounting/auditing firms, says that the books are fine, when the auditor’s independence is subject to such doubt. Somehow, Miller’s statement in the FBI’s press release, taking refuge in the “unqualified financial statement audit opinions” issued by KPMG, failed to mention this little bit of history and background. Let the record stand corrected.

Harvey Silverglate is a Boston-based criminal-defense and civil-liberties lawyer who is currently working on a book about the Department of Justice’s use of vague criminal statutes to prosecute all sectors of civil society. Tentatively titled Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Made Us All Potential Targets, the book is expected to be released later this year. Jan Wolfe assisted in the preparation of this piece.

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