When it comes to his employment at Barclays, John Mathew probably doesn't have very many good things to say about the experience. He was clocked in the head with a baseball bat on his first day of work. His boss apparently "forced him to stand on a chair in the trading room to answer a quiz on world capitals."
That same charmer, according to Matthew, made him unwittingly manipulate Libor. And now his lawyer has this to say:
The lawyer for former Barclays Plc trader Jonathan Mathew said his client only had “average intelligence" and asked jurors to separate him from better educated co-defendants accused of manipulating benchmark rates. “Truth be told, Jonathan Mathew is no mathematical genius, he’s not a brilliant man, nor was he cherry picked by Barclays" from a premier school, the lawyer, Bill Clegg, said in his closing argument Thursday in London. “The danger is you just lump him in with the others."