Views on the integrity of global capital markets
08 February 2013

Does Our Justice System Reinforce “Too-Big-to-Jail”?

Discussions on whether certain banks remain “too-big-to-fail” now include whether these banks (and executives responsible for their actions) have also become “too-big-to-jail.”

In a recent Bloomberg article Simon Johnson, a member of the CFA Institute-co-sponsored Systemic Risk Council discusses an approach within the U.S. Department of Justice that sheds troubling light on how decisions to prosecute are made.

The Justice Department’s approach to sanctioning is not new. As noted in earlier blog posts on penalties for UBS and RBS, the Libor-rigging scandal has resulted in mostly modest fines and public outrage, rather than prosecuting those at the core of the scandal.


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About the Author(s)
Linda Rittenhouse, JD

Linda Rittenhouse, JD, is a director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute. She focuses primarily on issues related to investment products and investment regulation. Rittenhouse holds a JD degree.

1 thought on “Does Our Justice System Reinforce “Too-Big-to-Jail”?”

  1. Insenehob says:

    This honestly answered my issue, thank you!

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