Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Judge Rakoff Limits Government’s Description of Stock Market as “Level Playing Field”

Prior to opening statements in United States v. Pinto-Thomaz, 18 Cr. 579 (JSR), Southern District Judge Jed S. Rakoff precluded the government from giving a jury the standard line that the stock market should be a “level playing field.” According to this report from, Judge Rakoff said, “Anyone who thinks the stock market is a level playing field obviously has no contact with reality.” He permitted the government to argue that the defendant “conferred an ‘illegal advantage'” through tips.

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