Mr. Ruehle, You Are A Free Man - A Broadcom Saga by William J. Ruehle
My Fight for Justice

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In 2006 a storm hit the corporate world as companies were alleged to have "backdated" stock options to unfairly benefit their executives. Under an obscure accounting guideline this resulted in the companies' financial statements being inaccurate and therefore "fraudulently misleading" to investors.

In this very personal story I will describe how I became a target of federal prosecutors because of my role as CFO of Broadcom Corporation. Using courtroom testimony I will demonstrate how overzealous prosecutors intimidated innocent current and former Broadcom employees into providing statements and testimony that was favorable to the prosecutors' version of events. Using transcripts from my trial I will take the reader through the unprecedented twists and turns that left the most experienced attorneys in amazement.

The story has a happy ending. The wise and courageous judge in the case, the Honorable Cormac J. Carney, issued a ruling before the case was to go to the jury. He said, "To submit this case to the jury would make a mockery of Mr. Ruehle's constitutional right to compulsory process and a fair trial." He then turned to me and said, "Mr. Ruehle, you are a free man."

About William J. Ruehle

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A graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Business School, Bill Ruehle has spent most of his career in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and in Southern California. The highlights of his career were his Chief Financial Officer (CFO) roles at SynOptics/Bay Networks and at Broadcom. He joined both companies when they were small privately-owned entities and helped guide both to public companies with multi-billion dollar revenue levels and market cap.
Published August 31, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 270 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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“A criminal trial is very much like a war,” Ruehle writes, and he lucidly documents his own legal battles, as his high-priced defense team sifted through 6 million pages of evidence in order to “pry the truth” out of prosecution witnesses during cross-examinations “like an oral surgeon extracting...

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