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If Maher Kara, the Citigroup analyst at the center of the Salman case now before the Supreme Court, was forbidden under SEC Rule 10b-5 from trading securities for his own account while in possession of the valuable secrets to which his job gave him access, should he instead be able to give that information to family members simply in order to enrich them? I suspect that to anyone unfamiliar with the fine line drawing of federal insider trading law, the answer is clearly no. There is probably no more common form of corruption than generously shoveling the fruits of power and privilege to family and close friends. Cultures lacking a strong rule of law make it an art form.

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69 Stan. L. Rev. Online (2016)