The crimes committed by Goldman Sachs

May 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi details the unprosecuted criminal case against Goldman Sachs. Here’s part of the introduction:

But Goldman, as the Levin report makes clear, remains an ascendant company precisely because it used its canny perception

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of an upcoming disaster (one which it helped create, incidentally) as an opportunity to enrich itself, not only at the expense of clients but ultimately, through the bailouts and the collateral damage of the wrecked economy, at the expense of society. The bank seemed to count on the unwillingness or inability of federal regulators to stop them — and when called to Washington last year to explain their behavior, Goldman executives brazenly misled Congress, apparently confident that their perjury would carry no serious consequences. Thus, while much of the Levin report describes past history, the Goldman section describes an ongoing? crime — a powerful, well-connected firm, with the ear of the president and the Treasury, that appears to have conquered the entire regulatory structure and stands now on the precipice of officially getting away with one of the biggest financial crimes in history.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Matt Taibbi: "There's really no incentive going forward for people on Wall Street not to commit crimes." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/23/matt-tai

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