Very good sentences

The integrity of our criminal justice system rests on the notion that we investigate crimes, not people.

Here is more, via MR reader Malcolm.  Was it Beria who said: "You show me the man, I’ll find you the crime"?


The article lost me after the advertisement break. Why should we rule out bribes simply because he's wealthy? That assumption is about as valid as saying, "A married man wouldn't use a $5k hooker. He can get it at home."

Why should we rule out bribes simply because he's wealthy?

OK, but certainly we should rule them out when he's paying, not collecting.

The author of this article is seriously misinformed abount banking regulations, if he thinks that leaving Spitzer's name off was 'probably a legitimate trigger' for a SAR. Anything like that -- or just sending the series of wire transfers of less than 10K, without any other suspicious behavior -- leads to a mandatory SAR from the bank, and if the bank isn't diligent about sending SAR's, a prosecutor like Spitzer will be quick to nail the bank for it.

DK - I don't get it. You think it is "seriously misinformed" to say that leaving the name off is probably a legitimate trigger for a SAR, and then you say that it triggers a mandatory SAR. Which means it is a legitimate trigger for a SAR. You seem to be agreeing, not disagreeing.

There's an op ed by Dershowitz in the Wall St Journal today that is quite relevant to this discussion. He even quotes Beria. He's also kind of questioning the prosecutorial motives and decisions in the case but focused on overly broad federal criminal laws.

DK is correct. If you've worked at any financial institution over the past decade, you've been required to be trained on Anti Money Laundering requirements. Persistent transfers below threshold and incomplete wire information both would trigger a SAR.

First it was sexual harassment law that didn't apply to Democrats.

Now it's antimoneylaundering laws.

What's next? We'll have to wait and see which laws I have to follow that elected Dems don't have to.

There's always Willie Stark, from Robert Penn Warren's "All The King's Men". He's asked his factotum to go get some dirt on a judge that's causing him some trouble, and is told that there may not be any dirt to be found. His reply:

"Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption, and he passes from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something."

That applies to Spitzer's methods, and (most certainly) to Spitzer.

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