To my mind the most significant and important book that every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), General Counsel (GC) and compliance practitioner needs to read is The Chickenshit Club by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jesse Eisinger. It puts together for the first time, the story and timeline of how the Justice Department (DOJ) devolved from the group of prosecutors who convicted felons from the late 90s and early 00s financial scandal such as Enron and WorldCom, to the group which did not even bother to attempt to prosecute high ranking executives after the 2008 financial meltdown.
In this episode, I interview with book author, Jesse Eisinger and Paul Pelletier, a key source for the book. The interview is fascinating and I urge you to take a listen for both the substance and the interplay between Eisinger and Pelletier. We discuss the genesis of the book, what happened between Enron and 2008 which led to no prosecutions and conclude with both Eisinger and Pelletier’s proposals to get the DOJ back on track as the nation’s trial lawyers.
For the Everything Compliance podcast recording reviewing The Chickenshit Club, click here.
Finally and most importantly, to purchase a copy of The Chickenshit Club, click here.
Jesse Eisinger is the first person to tell the story of why the DOJ failed to prosecute sr. execs after the 2008 crash.Click to tweet