Viewpoint: Harlan J. Protass
From Slate.com: “Trading on inside information is fundamentally different than other types of financial fraud....
“Trading on inside information is fundamentally different than other types of financial fraud. It doesn’t cause other investors to feel a pinch in their pockets. It doesn’t trigger layoffs. It doesn’t bankrupt companies or shutter factories. And it doesn’t wipe out pension plans or 401(k)s. This isn’t to say the government should pass completely on pursuing insider traders. But the government has at its disposal alternative methods for going after traders on insider information—civil charges that generate pocket-book penalties instead of criminal ones that lead to prison sentences. If the government concentrated on socking insider traders with big money penalties, it would spend less, make more, and still police the markets. That would be, in the parlance of Wall Street, a good deal.”
Harlan J. Protass in Slate.com