November 10, 2009
Not Guilty for Former Bear Stearns Managers
Zachery Kouwe, NYTimes, Bear Stearns Managers Acquitted of Fraud Charges reports on the acquittal of two former Bear Stearns Managers who faced government indictment. Unlike many, these two individuals risked going to trial and were acquitted by a jury that heard the evidence. As initially noted on this blog here, "[t]he case is the classic case of the funds going down and everyone then looking for someone to blame." This blog also stated:
Clearly honesty in the market is important. But one also has to wonder if the use of criminal charges is appropriate in cases that would not have occurred but for the poor economy. It is also a concern that the government is using overly broad statutes to criminalize an alleged lack of honesty.
Interestingly, although one rarely finds press releases from a U.S.Attorney following a not guilty verdict, one was issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office from the Eastern District of New York. The press release is definitely a step in the right direction for the DOJ, but they should not be "disappointed by the outcome in this case" as "ministers of justice" should be elated with all jury verdicts as they demonstrate that justice has been served.
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