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ProPublica, New America NYC Explore White-Collar Crime & Punishment in the Age of Trump

After the financial crisis of 2008 tossed millions out of work and brought the world economy close to the brink of depression, the Department of Justice failed to criminally prosecute any of the bankers whose actions knowingly prolonged and exacerbated the meltdown. Years after the crisis, we continue to see bad behavior not just from banks but from companies as diverse as Volkswagen, Uber and Theranos.

In the meantime, CEOs may be even more influential than ever. Given their power, what possibility is there now of prosecuting white-collar crime?

ProPublica – which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, in recognition of its illuminating series on questionable Wall Street practices that led to the financial crisis – is partnering with New America NYC for Too Big to Jail: Executive Impunity from Wall Street to the White House, a discussion on corporate crime and the government’s prosecutorial strategy (or lack thereof) for top corporate executives.

Join ProPublica senior reporter Jesse Eisinger – author of the new book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives – along with Carrie Cohen, Morrison & Foerster partner and former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York; Nicholas Garaufis, judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; and moderator K. Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law School assistant professor of law; for a discussion on how Wall Street and Capitol Hill can better confront corporate malfeasance, as well as their predictions for reform in the age of Trump.

RSVP Here.


  • Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Interface, 140 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
  • RSVP here. Tickets are free, but limited!

June 28, 2017: This story has been updated to include the participation of Nicholas Garaufis and K. Sabeel Rahman.

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