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Some notable critics—Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, the SEC's enforcement chief Stanley Sporkin, federal prosecutor and later trial judge Jed Rakoff—were exceptions. Federal Judge Henry Friendly warned, “In our complex society, the accountant's certificate and the lawyer's opinion can be ...

The 2002 cases were in the tradition of the Justice Department's tough attitude toward white-collar crime, in a tradition established by legendary figures like Stanley Sporkin and Paul Pelletier. They were rough-edged and profane, and didn't go to the best law schools, but they were personally offended when very rich, very ...
By co-opting the gatekeeper mandate of the great Stanley Sporkin, Clayton may be ushering a similarly effective and common-sense epoch. The concept of gatekeeper responsibility has served as the bedrock of the federal securities laws since their enactment — and could provide the ideal statutory ...
After his death, friends speculated that he had been working too hard, but an alert investigator at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stanley Sporkin, grew suspicious, noting that people don't just “drop out of windows for no reason.” Black, it emerged, had become embroiled in a bribery scheme.
In the past two weeks there have been two interesting articles written about SEC enforcement legend Judge Stanley Sporkin. Judge Sporkin, of course, was the SEC's second Director of Enforcement, serving in that role for seven years with accomplishments including a leading role in creating the FCPA ...
Stanley Sporkin runs his own law practice advising corporate boards and general counsel on financial and regulatory matters, and heads the British Petroleum America (BP America) ombudsman team. Previously, he served 14 years as a district court judge for the District of Columbia, and spent 20 years ...
In the 1970s, the Honorable Stanley Sporkin, former Director of Enforcement at the SEC, articulated the reasoning behind the SEC's pursuit of cases against attorneys as the “access theory,” an early form of gatekeeper liability—that attorneys and other professionals provided security-issuing principals with ...


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