FCPUNX:Jurisdiction Shopping

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Tue Aug 26 17:11:35 PDT 1997

At 11:06 AM 8/26/97 -0400, Duncan Frissell wrote:
> Another popular reason is privacy in general.  US domestic accounts can be 
> examined by any federal, state, or local government employee who can sign his 
> name to a subpeona.  Any lawyer can also examine account records in the 
> course of discovery proceedings.  There are some limits to the above powers 
> but not very substantial limits.  For all we know, FINCEN has a nice Win32-
> based point and click browser that can tiptoe through every bank and 
> brokerage account in America.  If they don't have one yet, I'm sure they are 
> trying to get one.
> If domestic lawyers or governments want the same sort of access to accounts 
> in other jurisdictions, they have to spend many thousands of dollars and 
> months or years of personnel time.  Cuts down on their capabilities.

This is true to a greater or lesser extent of almost any foriegn
jurisdiction.  Even both countries are hostile to financial privacy
and have cosy relationships with each other, it is still a lot more
work for investigators in one country to get information from 

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