In Corporate Crimes, Individual Accountability Is Elusive

20stewart-web-articleLargeBrandon L. Garrett is a specialist in corporate prosecution at the University of Virginia law school and author of the recent book “Too Big to Jail.”  By Khue Bui for The New York Times

“We have never hesitated to investigate and prosecute any individual, institution or organization that attempted to exploit our markets and take advantage of the American people,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. proclaimed this month when the Justice Department announced that Standard & Poor’s, the ratings agency, had agreed to pay $1.375 billion to settle civil charges that it inflated ratings on mortgage-backed securities at the heart of the financial crisis. Continue reading