Why Was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Not Implemented during the Market Crash?

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This article talks about a Frontline PBS episode regarding the recent market crash that was bigger than the great depression. It asks why the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission did not prosecute and convict executives that broke laws that led to the world's largest crash in history. The only thing that have been able to do is fine banks for violating regulations and to some of these large investment banks the fine results as being nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The Frontline episode asks why the DOJ did not use a powerful weapon, the Sarbanes Oxley Act. This act was signed by President Bush after the financial scandals revolving around Enron, Worldcom, amongst others. People want to know, why was there not one single arrest of a high ranked executive following the biggest market crash in history. Sarbanes Oxley was supposed to help prevent this kind of disastrous situation. During the crash, executives from Countrywide mortgage amongst other bankers packaged toxic securities and sold them to their customers knowing that they were practically worthless. These subprime mortgage derivatives were the entire center of the meltdown that resulted in millions of jobs being lost, and millions of lives ruined. Based on the article, the people in the Department of Justice that were in charge of investigating the executives, may have decided to drop many of the investigations. It appears that there was a lot of unethical behaviors, but nothing that could warrant a prosecutable case. It also seems that the government officials in charge of investigating these people have made very little progress in proving to the American people that the markets are secure, and that high paying executives aren't getting special treatment. It appears they

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