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CBS News 60 Minutes
December 4, 2011

Prosecuting Wall Street
By Steve Kroft and James Jacoby

Sixty Minutes segment into the root causes of the subprime mortgage meltdown. It's been three years since the financial crisis crippled the American economy, and much to the consternation of the general public and the demonstrators on Wall Street, there has not been a single prosecution of a high-ranking Wall Street executive or major financial firm even though fraud and financial misrepresentations played a significant role in the meltdown. We wanted to know why, so nine months ago we began looking for cases that might have prosecutorial merit. Lanny Breuer says this Justice Department has been as aggressive as any in history. But a recent report on federal prosecutions from a research center at Syracuse University, says the number of cases brought against financial institutions for fraud is at a 20-year low.

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