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High-Priced Raj Rajaratnam Attorney John Dowd Earned His Fees With Behind The Scenes Rhetorical Questions About "Sucking" Prosecutors' "Teats"

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Toward the end of the Raj Rajaratnam trial, the Galleon founder's lead attorney John Dowd told reporters this would be his last case, noting that defending alleged insider traders is "a young man's game." At the time, we didn't think it any great loss. But after he was asked by a CNBC camera crew if he wanted to give a comment and told them “Get the fuck out of here. That’s what I’ve got for CNBC," we started to wonder if perhaps we'd been wrong to let him go without a fight, a feeling that only grew when, following Raj's guilty verdict, Dowd declared the outcome a "23-14" victory, for the defense. Then this morning we read the email he fired off to a Wall Street Journal reporter whose coverage of the Galleon trial Dowd believed was slanted in favor of the prosecution and have decided there is no way in "sucking Preet's teet" hell we can allow this guy to bid us adieu just yet.

After a Wall Street Journal article suggested that the defense had been caught off guard by Brodsky’s cross-examination of one of its witnesses, Dowd shot off an e-mail to the reporter, Chad Bray:

This is the worst piece of whoring journalism I have read in a long time. How long are you going to suck [U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York] Preet’s teat? All to hurt a decent, honest witness, Brodsky could not lay a glove on. It did not work. The jury was not impressed by the worst cross examination ever delivered. So in the style of Preet, try to smear him by working the sycophants in the back of the Courtroom. He learned from Schumer in the Senate...Preet is scared shitless he is going to lose this case so he feeds his whores at the WSJ. What a disgrace for an otherwise great paper.

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