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Justice Dept. to Use the G Word with Big Banks?

Until now, the prosecution model for big banks involved in the financial crisis and subsequent scandals has been to settle for large sums with no admission of guilt, but that strategy may be changing. According to an article in The New York Times, the Justice Department is now seeking some guilty pleas from defendants.

But this may not be as large of a cultural change as it seems:

[C]ritics question whether the new strategy amounts to a symbolic reprimand rather than a sweeping rebuke. So far, the Justice Department has extracted guilty pleas only from remote subsidiaries of big foreign banks, a move that has inflicted reputational damage but little else.

Read more at The New York Times.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Financial Sector

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