As Mad as Hell! Fury as Judges Nix ‘No-Fault’ Wall Street Deals

Mad as Hell

As mad as hell! Fury as judges nix ‘no-fault’ Wall Street deals

They’re like stealth bombers.

A growing number of federal judges have had about as much as they can take with Wall Street firms paying hefty fines to settle probes into serious wrongdoing — without admitting any guilt or any executive taking the fall.

So at least four judges, in New York and Washington, are not going to take it any more.

The mostly quiet attack by these judges on a long-standing business practice could mushroom into one of the most serious threats to bad corporate culture in many years.

The pushback against the “neither admit nor deny guilt” settlements comes as many Americans grow frustrated that few executives have been held personally accountable for toxic mortgages, betting against the client and insider-trading practices.

The latest example of judicial frustration came this week when Manhattan federal judge Sidney Stein raised concerns about a $590 million settlement agreed to by Citigroup to settle charges it deceived shareholders about its toxic mortgage holdings.

The shareholder suit named former CEO Chuck Prince and senior adviser Robert Rubin — but only the bank and not the executives paid out to settle the case.

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2 Responses to “As Mad as Hell! Fury as Judges Nix ‘No-Fault’ Wall Street Deals”
  1. All federal judges need to stop protecting banks and do their job to protect our Constitutional rights. A large amount of the federal judges belong behind bars themselves. It is good to see some federal judges that care and mean to do the right thing.

  2. Diana Watts says:

    I saw yesterday MSN’s converage of the teachers in Georgia turning themselves in at the jailhouse for their part in changing students’ answers on tests. Why is it that they have to go to jail, when we have set a precedent of allowing bankers (with endless amounts of money) to buy their way out of fault. How can we jail these folks and not those folks. Haven’t they both partaken in criminal behavior. Or is it just — who you know (i.e., all the folks in all the high places that are supposed to be paid by us to work for us)! What a joke our “democracy” is!

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