Preet Bharara

At his thoughtful window staring spot.The holidays are no time to force a man to completely reevaluate everything he stands for. So please, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, let Preet mull over your shattering insider-trading definition in the New Year. Read more »

Just a second....With all due deference, setting Anthony Chiasson and Todd Newman free looks like total bullshit to Preet Bharara and predecessor Mary Jo White. Read more »

preetbhararawhiteboardAnthony Chiasson and Todd Newman will be enjoying themselves this evening. Preet Bharara, less so. Read more »

Q: You have also received criticism from some on the left– including writer Matt Taibbi and Wall Street documentarian Charles Ferguson– who say that while you’ve convicted insider traders, you’ve missed the big guys who committed the mortgage fraud that led to the financial crisis. How do you respond do that? A: I would suggest that some of these critics go to law school and apply themselves and become prosecutors and make the case that they think we should be making. This is by reputation and track record the most aggressive office in white-collar crime in the country ever, and if we’re not bringing a certain kind of case, it’s because the evidence is not there. Pure and simple. [Worth]

He’s just saying that the right man for the job would have to look an awful lot like him. Read more »

Preet Bharara is a big-picture kind of guy. He’s won more than 80 insider-trading convictions. Sure, there’s the one that got away, mostly because the judge presiding was, in Preet’s considered opinion, a fucking idiot. And, sure, it hurt. Still does. But he’s not going to let that get him down. No. He’s going to start a new streak right now. Read more »

Most of you know or have heard of Preet Bharara in the context of his day job as Manhattan U.S. Attorney. In this role, Bharara investigates and litigates cases against, among others, alleged terrorists, gang members, mobsters and white collar criminals. And while most of his predecessors and colleagues in the Southern District have long viewed their positions with the AG as steppingstones for even more powerful jobs, it’s obvious to onlookers that Bharara has other things in mind for his career.

It’s not that he doesn’t have aspirations–oh, on the contrary, he does. It’s just that they’re less U.S. Attorney General (or Supreme Court Judge) and more Comedy Central Roastmaster. After hinting at the dream for some time– peppering his press conferences with one liners, pausing for dramatic effect, etc– the prosecutor made his intentions quite clear on Monday night, at what Fox Business’s Charlie Gasparino reports was a “roast” for a former co-worker heading into private practice. Read more »

It seems that the Justice Department and everyone else only care a little that the bank had the best of intentions when it decided to get into bed with genocidal governments. Read more »