Hunter, Amaranth Dream Team Still Finding Ways To Lose

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We've been sitting on this story because we didn't want to rain on the comeback parade Brian Hunter's been enjoying at the Peak Ridge Commodity Volatility & Fallen Heroes Shot at Redemption Fund, and Nick Maounis had quite nearly completed the assembly of his pussy posse, so there was that, but we can't in good faith wait any longer: on Wednesday, a federal judge denied a motion by Amaranth Associates and its erstwhile golden boy B. Hunter, to dismiss charges brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission which said something about AA and BH attempting to manipulate the natural gas markets, and then lying to the NYMEX to cover up the botched mission. At the heart of the matter, the CFTC claims, are a series of instant messages between Hunter, Matthew Donohoe, other Amaranth employees and a trader at another firm, that supposedly "reveal [an] intent to manipulate prices." You can find them here.
Personally, all I see are a bunch of "hahas," instances of experimental grammar and, most offensively, "LOLs." Are these transgressions emblematic of one's trading acumen/criminality? I'm not sure. If they are, however, these guys are going down.
Hunter's attorney, Michael Kim of Kobre & Kim LLP, told Reuters Friday, "When the case is fully examined, we are confident that Brian Hunter will be vindicated." Kim (fictitiously) added, "Or, he will hang himself in his cell. Could go either way."
Judge Denies Amaranth, Hunter Motion to Dismiss [Reuters]

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