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Mississippi College School of Law

2014

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Greed, Envy, And The Criminalization Of Insider Trading, John P. Anderson Jan 2014

Greed, Envy, And The Criminalization Of Insider Trading, John P. Anderson

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In October 2011, a U.S. district court sentenced Raj Rajaratnam to eleven years in federal prison for insider trading. This is the longest sentence for insider trading in U.S. history, but it is significantly less than the nineteen to twenty-four-year term requested by the government. Such harsh prison terms (equal in some cases to those meted out for murder or rape) require sound justification in a liberal society. Yet jurists, politicians, and scholars have failed to offer a clear articulation of either the economic harm or the moral wrong committed by the insider trader. This Article looks to fill this …