Write-Offs: 12.23.13

$$$ A federal judge in New York who wrote a scathing opinion article questioning the lack of high-level financial crisis prosecutions says he was offering his views “not as a judge but as a citizen.” Still, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff is making no apologies. “Judges have to be neutral, but they don’t have to be eunuchs,” Rakoff said. [CNBC]

$$$ Activist Investor: Red Lobster Spin-Off Not Enough [NYP]

$$$ Fed hawks back taper decision, one urges bolder action [Reuters]

$$$ An unwise motorist was arrested early today after a traffic stop revealed that his Mercedes-Benz contained frankincense, myrrh, and marijuana, according to South Carolina police. [TSG]

$$$ Merkel Hits Wall With Europe Fix [WSJ]

$$$ Target Cards Breach Shows U.S. Lagging in Data Security [Bloomberg]

$$$ A former president of the Passaic County Board of Realtors is accused in a lawsuit of steering potential buyers away from a couple’s vacant Wayne home so he could use it for “sexual escapades,” which were captured on hidden cameras. [NJ]