Michael Rothfeld

Wall Street Journal

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Reporter for the Wall Street Journal; former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times

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Former International Monetary Fund head  Dominique Strauss-Kahn  was released today from house arrest, without bail on his own recognizance, after prosecutors raised questions of…

Strauss-Kahn Released from House Arrest

Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released today from house arrest, without bail on his own recognizance, after prosecutors raised questions of…

from To the Point

A judge has ruled that the former head of the International Monetary Fund can be bailed under very restrictive conditions.

Strauss-Kahn, Schwarzenegger: Power and Sex

A judge has ruled that the former head of the International Monetary Fund can be bailed under very restrictive conditions.

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Raj Rajaratnam's Galleon Group hedge fund was once worth $7 billion, and he paid ten high-powered lawyers to defend him on charges of insider trading.

High Finance and White-Collar Crime

Raj Rajaratnam's Galleon Group hedge fund was once worth $7 billion, and he paid ten high-powered lawyers to defend him on charges of insider trading.

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