Johnson’s counsels press DoJ to clearly explain his crime

Zooming in on the trade contracts, lawyers plan to argue the US’s “ever-shifting” theories show prosecutors are unclear what crime he committed

Mark Johnson at HSBC
Mark Johnson is the first to be convicted following a global price-rigging investigation

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is unable to clearly explain the crime that sent a former HSBC senior banker to prison last year, and is refusing to recognise contracts that disclaim any fiduciary duty between the bank and the UK company he was charged with defrauding, according to attorneys seeking a reversal of his conviction.

These statements last week from counsels representing Mark Johnson indicate they are teeing up arguments for his appeal, which will focus on the contracts governing

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