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Raj Rajaratnam’s Defense Leaves Nothing To Chance In Jury Selection

As you may have heard, the Galleon insider trading trial kicks off this week, with Raj Rajaratnam himself expected to take the stand at some point. Like every trial by jury, the process of selecting jurors will prove a formidable task, given the complicated nature of the case, and that the defense needs to make sure the fate of their client will not be left to biased individuals, with certain opinions about Wall Street and Raj in particular. The thing about prejudice, though, is that it doesn’t always present itself in the most direct possible way. Few people will probably offer, for example, that they’re “of the mind that anyone working in the financial services industry is a greedy, corrupt bastard guilty of whatever he or she has been accused of,” but if you took a gander at their reading material and saw highlighted and underlined articles by a certain writer for Rolling Stone you might get an inkling of their point of view. To that end, the questionnaire potential jurors will be asked to fill out for the Galleon trial hit on every possible area where one’s bias could be revealed. Here’s a sampling of the questions:

* Do you like to read books? ______ Yes ______ No If yes, What types of books do you read? ___________________________________

* What TV shows, newscasts, radio shows and internet websites do you enjoy on a regular basis?

* Do you have strong positive or negative views about any of the following individuals. Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI? ____ Yes ____ No Wall Street Executives? ____ Yes ____ No Technology Company Executives ____ Yes ____ No Prosecutors? ____ Yes ____ No Defense Counsel? ____ Yes ____ No If Yes, what are your views? ___________________________________

* Hedge Funds have been reported in the news over the past few years. Do you have any feelings concerning this industry? ____ Yes ____ No If Yes, please describe your feelings: _________________________

* How knowledgeable or familiar do you consider yourself to be about Hedge Funds? Please explain.
_____________________________________________________________

* How honest do you think Wall Street Executives are?
1 Not at All Honest
2 Below Average Honesty
3 Average Honesty
4 Above Average Honesty
5 Extremely Honest
Please explain your answer. ________________________

And here are some questions that will be posed in a follow-up session:

* Do you like to eat? ______ Yes ______ No If yes, What types of foods do you eat? _____________________

* Do you have any feelings concerning big boned people? __ Yes __ No If Yes, please describe your feelings: _____________

* Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years? __ Yes __ No If Yes, please describe your feelings: ____________

* Fuck/Marry/Kill: Jim Cramer, Lloyd Blankfein, Maxine Waters

* Have you or anyone known to you personally ever used any of the following terms: bankster, traderster, hedge fundster?

* Are you or have you ever considered becoming a Matt Taibbi reader?

* Do you think anyone on Wall Street has ever worked an honest day in their life?
1 Not at All Honest
2 Below Average Honesty
3 Average Honesty
4 Above Average Honesty
5 Extremely Honest
Please explain your answer. ________________________

* Do you have any feelings about dead hookers? __ Yes __ No Do you feel it more likely than not that, if accused of doing something to a hooker, a Wall Street Executive is probably guilty? __ Yes __ No Do you think most people on Wall Street have probably killed a few hookers? __ Yes __ No Are today’s Wall Street Executives the types of people who would kill hookers? __ Yes __ No If accused of killing a hooker, is it more likely than not that a Wall Street Executive is guilty? __ Yes __ No If you answered Yes to any of the questions above, please describe your feelings: 10 ________

Galleon Jurors Asked About Wall Street Greed [NYP]

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  1. Covey 01 says:

    When you eat curry, do you need to find the bog?

  2. Derp says:

    How do I look in these yoga pants?
    1 – Hot
    2 – Really Hot
    3 – Hawt

  3. Public Defender says:

    After speaking with an old friend on the phone:
    a) Market Order
    b) Limit Order

  4. Guest says:

    MBA vs CFA?

    Does UBS: A. Rock. B. Suck. C. Rule. D. Exist?

    North Face vs Patagonia?

  5. Guest says:

    * Do you like to read books? Yes. Harry Potter Books.

    * What TV shows, newscasts, radio shows and internet websites do you enjoy on a regular basis? “Two and a half men.” “Sister Wives.”

    *Do you have strong positive or negative views about any of the following individuals. Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI? X No
    Wall Street Executives? X No
    Technology Company Executives X No
    Prosecutors? X Yes
    Defense Counsel? X Yes
    If Yes, what are your views? I like them and think they are valuable.

    * Hedge Funds have been reported in the news over the past few years. Do you have any feelings concerning this industry? XYes
    If Yes, please describe your feelings: Meh, what can you do?

    * How knowledgeable or familiar do you consider yourself to be about Hedge Funds?
    All I know I’ve read at zerohedge.com
    _____________________________________________________________

    * How honest do you think Wall Street Executives are?
    1 Not at All Honest
    2 Below Average Honesty
    3 Average Honesty
    4 Above Average Honesty
    5 Extremely Honest

    3 Average Honesty
    Please explain your answer. Some are very honest. Some are very dishonest. So on average, average honesty.

    Where can I sign up?

  6. Gsis4realimsoscared says:

    He’s going to settle with the law by getting 2.5 years

    He will settle with the Goldman through an untimely death and an eternity spent in hell.

    They told me I got off easy.

    — Aleynikov

  7. Guest says:

    Based on these questions, his counsel has just moved the case to Ulan Bator in order to get an untainted jury.

  8. Guest says:

    Based on these questions, his counsel has just moved the case to Ulan Bator in order to get an untainted jury.

  9. Mexi-Cant says:

    I hung out with environmental studying liberals from Fordham yesterday, I was informed that apparently everyone on wall street is evil, especially Warren Buffet because he has so much money that he cheats the stock market and bankrupts countries all around the world by being evil and using his money and not investing in the right thing because the stock market isn’t right and like stuff, gawd…with people like that Raj has no chance.

    • Drill Baby Drill says:

      I’m a Bible Republican, Birther, Truther, 9-12er, Re-Founder and Tea Party member as well as a oil drilling contractor and I think everyone on Wall Street is evil, too.

    • Guest says:

      But they read it on the HuffingtonPost, it *must* be true!

    • Guest says:

      But they read it on the HuffingtonPost, it *must* be true!

    • Guest says:

      But they read it on the HuffingtonPost, it *must* be true!

    • Guest says:

      But they read it on the HuffingtonPost, it *must* be true!

    • Anonymous says:

      down with people studying the environment!

    • Guest says:

      So, what? He can buy his own jail (maybe the old Dykstra Estate?) and serve his time there? Then donate the jail to house shelter dogs?

      (Too hung over and pissed off to write coherently. Carry on.)

    • Breast of a Guest says:

      Have you considered not hanging out with people who go/went to Fordham?

      • Bronx Bomber says:

        Hey asshole, I went to Fordham in the late 70’s when the trip from the campus to the subway was a life threatening event. You were sucking daddy’s friends cocks for that summer internship. Kill yourself.

        • Breast of a Guest says:

          Case in point.

        • Son of Sam says:

          When you write ‘You were sucking daddy’s friends cocks for that summer internship.’, was that also a description of your times on capus in the late 70’s.

          My question is; is that written in the third-person so as to suggest that back in the late 70’s Fordham students/alum were sucking daddy’s friends cocks for that summer internship?

          If yes, I commiserate.

      • Mexi-Cant says:

        I only did because of Shia’s mention of the university’s honorable prestige. Biggest mistake I made in my life hanging out there, I’m lucky I took hydromorphone earlier otherwise I would be in the pennnnn right now for total pwning of the environmentalists.

    • Breast of a Guest says:

      Have you considered not hanging out with people who go/went to Fordham?

    • Breast of a Guest says:

      Have you considered not hanging out with people who go/went to Fordham?

    • Supraman says:

      Are you a hot girl? You may need to examine their motives.

      • Mexi-Cant says:

        No I am male, they were robustly ugly females. Rumor has it they are the 2nd leading cause of glaucoma in midtown, 2nd only to that black guy who has his face burned off and begs on the R/Q/N train, what an ugly beast.

    • General Disarray says:

      You know, if people like that are the ones trying to save the environment, I’m just going to go club a baby seal with a McDonald’s cheeseburger while spraying hairspray for no reason right now.

      I’m all in favor of people saving the environment, but do they have to be so whiny about it?

      • Mexi-Cant says:

        Dunno, I also informed them of my occupation in providing financing for offshore oil drilling, which they were confused about. Yea dude I hate seals too I can’t wait to kill them all, and the fucking dolphins.

        • Students!! says:

          Would you please get your dick beaters off the keyboard and go to the damn Young Republicans meeting for Christ’s sake??

        • Students!! says:

          Would you please get your dick beaters off the keyboard and go to the damn Young Republicans meeting for Christ’s sake??

  10. Mexi-Cant says:

    I hung out with environmental studying liberals from Fordham yesterday, I was informed that apparently everyone on wall street is evil, especially Warren Buffet because he has so much money that he cheats the stock market and bankrupts countries all around the world by being evil and using his money and not investing in the right thing because the stock market isn’t right and like stuff, gawd…with people like that Raj has no chance.

  11. Mexi-Cant says:

    I hung out with environmental studying liberals from Fordham yesterday, I was informed that apparently everyone on wall street is evil, especially Warren Buffet because he has so much money that he cheats the stock market and bankrupts countries all around the world by being evil and using his money and not investing in the right thing because the stock market isn’t right and like stuff, gawd…with people like that Raj has no chance.

  12. Guest says:

    Would you shag Danielle Chiesi (see picture) ___ Yes ____ No? If Yes, please explain your answer.

  13. Guest says:

    Would you shag Danielle Chiesi (see picture) ___ Yes ____ No? If Yes, please explain your answer.

  14. Winner says:

    What’s the over/under on whether the jury recommends the death penalty for crimes against humanity?

  15. Winner says:

    What’s the over/under on whether the jury recommends the death penalty for crimes against humanity?

  16. NakedShort says:

    * Do you think its appropriate to watch graphic pornography during work hours? ______ Yes ______ No If yes, How many hours, during an average work week, would you consider to be an appropriate amount of time to view said pornography? _____________________

  17. NakedShort says:

    * Do you think its appropriate to watch graphic pornography during work hours? ______ Yes ______ No If yes, How many hours, during an average work week, would you consider to be an appropriate amount of time to view said pornography? _____________________

  18. NakedShort says:

    * Do you think its appropriate to watch graphic pornography during work hours? ______ Yes ______ No If yes, How many hours, during an average work week, would you consider to be an appropriate amount of time to view said pornography? _____________________

  19. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years?
    _X_Yes __ No

    If Yes, please describe your feelings:
    If by ‘job,’ you mean ‘job pushing the limits of the government firewall,’ then yes, the SEC is killing it.

  20. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years?
    _X_Yes __ No

    If Yes, please describe your feelings:
    If by ‘job,’ you mean ‘job pushing the limits of the government firewall,’ then yes, the SEC is killing it.

  21. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years?
    _X_Yes __ No

    If Yes, please describe your feelings:
    If by ‘job,’ you mean ‘job pushing the limits of the government firewall,’ then yes, the SEC is killing it.

  22. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years?
    _X_Yes __ No

    If Yes, please describe your feelings:
    If by ‘job,’ you mean ‘job pushing the limits of the government firewall,’ then yes, the SEC is killing it.

  23. PasteSpecialFormats says:

    Do you think the SEC has done an acceptable job over the last several years?
    _X_Yes __ No

    If Yes, please describe your feelings:
    If by ‘job,’ you mean ‘job pushing the limits of the government firewall,’ then yes, the SEC is killing it.

  24. Guest says:

    * Have you ever been given an insider tip and not traded on it? ___ Yes ___ No. If Yes, please explain why.

  25. Guest says:

    * Do you think UBS sucks? ___ Yes ___ No. If Yes, please explease why.

  26. Guest says:

    * Do you think UBS sucks? ___ Yes ___ No. If Yes, please explease why.

  27. Grilleur says:

    *Have you ever comforted a horse? Did you stand behind your work?

  28. Grilleur says:

    *Have you ever comforted a horse? Did you stand behind your work?

  29. Guest says:

    When drinking any beverage, is your pinky:
    a) extended
    b) touching glass

  30. Guest says:

    When drinking any beverage, is your pinky:
    a) extended
    b) touching glass

  31. Question 23 says:

    *An alternative energy maven leaves a popular Connecticut bar and grill in a Porsche. Traveling at 35 mph, how much time in the air after leaving pavement does the maven spend flying the Porsche before ramming into the top of a Craftsman style home’s front porch and how long in the air does the Porsche spend before falling backwards and landing on its top? Show your work.

  32. Guest says:

    Do you only associate Indians with back-office IT positions?___Yes___No If Yes, have you considered your motives?

  33. Put_Option says:

    * Which of the following do you tip 30%?

    A) The hot blond waitress at Del Frisco’s on the 2nd floor
    B) The homeless guy with the radio in his shopping cart outside of Dishes on 53rd and Park
    C) The sexually ambiguous tailor at Barney’s who snubs his nose at Navy Blue Hickey Freeman suits, but loves Neon Green Pinstripes from Etro
    D) The Bouncer at Joshua Tree in Murray Thrill when you feel like slumming it

  34. Outsider Trading says:

    What is the capital of Texas?___Yes___No

  35. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    Do you think Raj looks like an Eddy Murphy character from the Nutty Professor?
    If so, which one?
    Have you examined your motives?

  36. AmericanBandersnatch says:

    Do you think Raj looks like an Eddy Murphy character from the Nutty Professor?
    If so, which one?
    Have you examined your motives?

  37. Louis Winthorpe III says:

    The Dukes… ruined my life… over a bet? For how much?

  38. Put_Option says:

    *Whose Crank is legit bigger?

    A) Raj
    B) Lloyd
    C) Bess
    D) Meredith Whitney

  39. Anonymous says:

    * Have you ever bullied a fatty?

  40. Spanishmoon says:

    Which of the following movies would you recommend to a hedge-fund manager:

    1) “Deliverance”
    2) “American History X”
    3) “Shawshank Redemption”
    4) “Azz Destroyers II”

  41. NYRebel says:

    * Using the photo provided, how many chins is Mr. Rajaratnam in the posession of? _____
    Show your work.
    If your answer is “more chins then a Chinese phone book”, examine your motives.

  42. Guest says:

    Do you know of any dentists in the New York area who will let you eat snacks during a cleaning? __Yes __ No

  43. Guest says:

    Do you know of any dentists in the New York area who will let you eat snacks during a cleaning? __Yes __ No

  44. Brian1284 says:

    Do you know what a “small-cap” analyst looks like?

  45. Brian1284 says:

    Do you know what a “small-cap” analyst looks like?

  46. Voir Dire on Raj’s behalf:

    1) The Federal Reserve is A) good b) bad c) not sure.
    2) I have eaten Indian food a) 0 times b) 1-3 times c) 4 or more
    3) Koch Brothers, Mark Cuban, Buffet, and George Soros are all corrupt A) yes B) no C) not sure
    4) Jews have a disproportionate influence finance, Hollywood, academia A) yes B) no
    5) Pakistanis and Indians need to stop practicing Islam A) yes B) no C) other
    6) The gold standard should be restored. A) yes B) no
    7) Honk Kong and Singapore have restrictive business environments A) yes B) no
    8) Obama lowered taxes at least twice A) true B) false
    9) Have you ever eaten Thai food? A) yes B) no
    10) Has your daughter ever dated a black guy? A) yes B) no C) not sure D) hope not E) I saw that video F) does half black count? G) Raj is black!!?! WTF

  47. D. Kneale says:

    I’d like to eat samosas off of Raj’s hirsute chest.

  48. D. Kneale says:

    I’d like to eat samosas off of Raj’s hirsute chest.

  49. FinkNottle says:

    My favorite internet website is the McKinsey Quarterly, not only for its trenchant analysis of the most pressing business issues of the day but also for the eminently implementable and ethical strategies laid out for the most discerning and ethical of business leaders.

    Pick me.

  50. Anonymous says:

    hahahaha one fine day he’s going to find himself in front of a real jury “400 Mubaraks” http://tinyurl.com/4qckum2

  51. Anonymous says:

    hahahaha one fine day he’s going to find himself in front of a real jury “400 Mubaraks” http://tinyurl.com/4qckum2

  52. Ben Brat says:

    Poor Raj
    It’s not his fault he got his MBA where 95% of the people on the entire campus have difficulty wrapping their brains around the concept of Insider Trading being illegal. After all we are taught, competition by advantage and by any means necessary. If as many people as have been called out in the last 30 years for Insider Trading, association with Ponzi (ers) and other dubious business “performance”, contracted cancer and lived in the same place within such a short time span of each other, it would be called a “cancer-sink” andyou would be demanding that the NIH and EPA get out their and cleanup the source. The common factor would not be taken as random. A lot of these people went to B-school in the same place. I remember Raj well, I thught he was a sloppy, sweaty and over eager jerk. I felt sorry for him then, I feel sorry for him now.

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