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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:50 PM

 

Mary Jo White Defended Rupert Murdoch in the UK Phone Hacking Scandal!

She defends banks accused of white collar crime. White currently serves as an attorney at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, where she defends “companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in white collar corporate crime or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and civil securities law violations.” The client list at the firm includes some of the most predatory banks in the country — JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS. White “represented Ken Lewis, the former chief executive officer of Bank of America Corp., during an SEC probe of claims the bank didn’t disclose bonuses that Merrill Lynch & Co. paid to executives before buying the brokerage.”

She has a lineup of fascinating non-white collar cases. Among the things White prosecuted during her time working as an Attorney for the state of New York are: Two bombing cases (including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), drug trafficking, and the prosecution of mob boss John Gotti. On the other side, White also defended directors at News Corp. during the phone hacking scandal there.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/24/1489131/what-to-know-about-mary-jo-white-obamas-appointment-to-the-sec/?mobile=nc

You know, of all the appointments, the Republicans let this one through with no complaints?

When both parties support something so easily, it must mean it is good for big business.

This is an unacceptable, even insulting, appointment.

It is like a slap in the face to Occupy Wall Street.

Obama recently called for collective action, is it time for that now?

Because as bad as the banks have been, getting away with everything and then some, it is now going to get worse!

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:54 PM

1. She was doing her job as a lawyer. nt

 

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:51 PM

8. Sure, but would you choose Nancy Grace as your defense lawyer? nm

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:05 PM

11. Assuming Ms Grace is competent and wouldn't turn off humanity

which are big assumptions, I would absolutely pick her especially if I were being prosecuted where she had been a prosecutor.

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Response to dsc (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:09 PM

13. And if she thought you were innocent. Doubt she would defend anyone she thought was guilty.

I hope Ms. White is willing to prosecute the bankers, but I doubt it.

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:55 PM

2. Joseph Kennedy set up SEC, fox knows tricks of foxes

White knows tricks of banks. Maybe that's good knowledge to counter them. Criminal defense lawyers don't necessarily approve of crime.

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:59 PM

3. She also got Gotti put away along with others as a prosecutor. She defended Murdoch in her private

law firm. She has other notches on her belt also other important people.


http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/24/news/economy/sec-chairman-white/index.html

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:03 PM

4. So if a defense attorney represents someone accused of murder, does that mean he endorses murder?

And should never be hired by anyone, for anything?

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:00 PM

9. +1

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:17 PM

5. Time will tell. She doesn't need money.

You (normally) can't judge lawyers by whom they defend. They're very likely to be criminals. Comes with the territory.

--imm

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:18 PM

6. I don't think this necessarily a bad thing. As a defense attorney

she got a very intimate look at how these organizations operate. It is very common in DC for attorneys to switch from private practive to government jobs and vice versa. It is how they learn their craft and become very good at what they do.

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:22 PM

7. It can't get much worse

We all know who is in control of governments and why the status quo continues, uninterrupted. Appointing this woman is just their latest signal to us that nothing will change any time soon.

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:04 PM

10. We dont know that she will go lightly on the bankers, but that's where my money is.

No pun intended.

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Response to Fight2Win (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:08 PM

12. Spitzer had it right on Rachel's show last night

this will either be a really good or really bad appointment. The fact is she knows both sides of the law inside and out. She knows where and how the bodies are buried. So it gets down to does she believe her own advocacy that she has been doing since she left office? If she does, then this appointment will suck, if she doesn't, then it will be fantastic.

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