Jury Deliberates In Gupta Insider Trading Case

fromWNYC

The insider trading case against Rajat Gupta is in the jury's hands. Gupta was a former member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs and a close associate of Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager who was convicted of insider trading last year.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And this morning a federal judge in New York gives final instructions to a jury considering whether to send a one-time top Wall Street executive to prison.

From member station WNYC, Ilya Marritz reports on the final day of the insider trading trial of Rajat Gupta.

ILYA MARRITZ, BYLINE: In closing arguments, government lawyers showed phone logs and trading records that seems to tell the same story again and again. As a member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs and Procter and Gamble, Gupta was regularly given non-public company information. Phone logs suggest he passed those secrets to a friend who had a hedge fund. And records of stock trades seem to confirm the hedge funds used that knowledge to make lots of money.

Gupta's attorneys responded that this evidence is purely circumstantial. Their client was already rich, and never profited from the alleged tips, they said. The law says for it to be insider trading the tipper must profit or believe he will profit from making the tip.

But former judge and prosecutor Margaret Finerty says that's not always so clear cut.

MARGARET FINERTY: The judge's instructions, with respect to the requirement that some gain or benefit be experienced, is going to be very, very key in this case.

MARRITZ: Early on in the trial, Judge Jed Rakoff signaled the importance of that question by asking lawyers on both sides to submit their own definition of insider trading. If convicted, Gupta could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

For NPR News, I'm Ilya Marritz.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.