James Kidney had worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission as a trial attorney since 1986, winning more than a half-dozen insider trading trials.
But if anyone expected him to simply retire quietly with his nice pension - they were mistaken. According to Bloomberg News, the veteran lawyer used his retirement speech to blast the agency for its failure to take Wall Street to task for the 2008 mortgage crisis.
The SEC lacks the kind of enforcers who hold a firm belief in afflicting the powerful and comfortable, Kidney said. Regulators have become hyper-focused on policing the windows on the first floor, rather than taking action against those on the penthouse floors.
Our Miami foreclosure lawyers know that the agency has been hammered in recent years by external critics - us included. Judges, advocacy groups and lawmakers have slammed the agency repeatedly for the easy hand it's taken with financial firms that caused the economic meltdown. But this is the first time someone from inside has chastised the leadership and called for reform.