This is a very poignant article by Franz Wild at Bloomberg. Practitioners across the country and beyond have been wondering why the SFO has shelved some cases and why they are taking their time over what to do with the others.
My view is that it is still very early in the tenure of Lisa Osofky. Deadwood needs clearing and new shoots need to be nurtured. The shadow of issues over the scale of digital material has no doubt stunted development too. Case workers and lawyers need to trim and focus their efforts.
Investigations will continue and I have no doubt prosecutions will follow. I suspect though that those cases presented will look and feel different in that they will be less cumbersome and more focused.
Now some academics, anticorruption activists, and lawyers are wondering whether the SFO’s zeal for the biggest cases has waned over the past two years.