newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com on December 14, 2011 reported that a Connecticut investor lost a bid on Tuesday to overturn his conviction for conspiring to bribe Azerbaijani officials in a 1998 oil deal. Frederic Bourke, the founder of handbag maker Dooney & Bourke, argued that the trial court should not have allowed the government to argue that he both knew of the bribes and "consciously avoided" learning about them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit rejected Bourke's challenge, finding sufficient evidence to support both theories presented by the government. The court found "ample" evidence that Bourke intentionally avoided confirming his suspicion that bribes were being paid.
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