Morning Security Brief: Fighting Bribery, Courthouse Security, Use of Force Questioned After Taser Use, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The Justice Department is cracking down on bribery in global business. “At least 78 corporations are under investigation for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” the New York Times reports. Among the companies are Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer and Wal-Mart. The FCPA prohibits companies from bribing officials or executives to keep business, but enforcement of the law had been lax. In 2003, for example, only one person was charged. “But in the last four years, a total of 58 companies have paid a combined $3.74 billion to settle such corruption charges. Since 2009, some 67 people have been charged, 20 are still awaiting trial or are at large, and 42 have been convicted, some from charges prior to 2009. A total of 22 have been acquitted or had charges dismissed,” the Times reports.

►In the past, judges had sued Grays Harbor County, the home of the Montesano courthouse where a man stabbed a judge and shot a deputy on Friday, for lack of security. The complaint says that the Montesano courthouse was the only one in Washington State without courtroom security. Other courthouses in Washington have x-rays or metal detectors at every entrance, but not Montesano, the Seattle Times reports. Even the judges chambers are accessible to the public. On Saturday, Police in Washington State arrested 34-year Steven Daniel Kravetz for the attack.

►An Ohio police department was shut down by the state on Friday after it came to light that a Mount Sterling police officer used a Taser on a 9-year-old boy and the police chief tried to hide the incident from city officials. Not much is known about the incident other than police were called to an apartment because the boy refused to go to school. The situation escalated and the Taser was used. State investigators are looking into the officer’s use of force. The sheriff’s department has taken control of the department’s computers and weapons, the Coshocton Tribune reports.

►In other news, the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to take control in post-Mubarak Egypt. ♦ A joint Security and Defence Agenda-McAfee report says Israel is the country most equipped to handle cyberattacks. ♦ And Afghanistan has plans to abolish private security companies at the end of the month amid growing anti-American sentiment.



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