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Chuck Grassley's Got A Pitchfork And Its Prongs Are Pointed Toward Stamford, Connecticut

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The senator wants to be kept in the loop re any 'suspicious trading' at SAC Capital (he doesn't know of any, but in case anything comes up in the files) and also has questions just generally about what life is like there.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Wall Street's major self-regulatory organization asking for any reports reflecting "suspicious trading" involving SAC Capital that it had received from exchanges since 2000. "The use of nonpublic information for insider trading purposes is sadly alive and well in our nation's financial markets," Sen. Grassley wrote to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. "More must be done to investigate and bring these criminals to justice." In the letter, which was dated April 26 and released Friday, Sen. Grassley cited recent insider-trading cases, including charges against two former SAC fund managers, writing: "While SAC Capital itself has not been charged, these allegations raise serious questions about the corporate culture at SAC Capital and undercut investor confidence in a fair and balanced playing field."



The Feds Are Struggling To Understand Why Mathew Martoma Won't Just Turn On Steve Cohen Already, God Damn It

"We have been remarkably successful in convincing persons to cooperate with the government, and provide evidence to us, and in court of law," SEC director of enforcement Robert Khuzami said during a press conference the day the government went public with its charges of insider trading against former SAC Capital employee Mathew Martoma. To the untrained ear, Khuzami probably appeared to be speaking to no one in particular, just sending a general message to any would-be criminals out there that once the government got to their co-conspirators, it'd be all over. No one wants to do time, and everybody flips. To those who've been following Operations Perfect Hedge, though, and have watched the Feds' relentless pursuit of Steven A. Cohen,  it was obvious they were sending a clear message to the Big Guy: "We got ya boy, and ya goin' down." And since its track record of getting people to turn on their colleagues and in some cases, their best friends (see: Noah Freeman/Donald Longueuil, and these guys, and these guys, and this guy) really has been "remarkably successful," and since Martoma has a wife and two young kids and his whole life ahead of him, Khuzami and Co. probably assumed they had this one in the bag. But not so.