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-Harvey Pitt in an August speech before the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. The SEC commissioner also quoted Roman historian Tacitus and comedian Groucho Marx in his address. “At the risk of making you wonder what my summer reading consists of, consider Dante’s ‘counselors of fraud.’ We’re told that [the counselors] ‘used their high mental gifts for guile, and because of their higher endowment, their sin is reckoned greater and their place is lower than that of thieves.’ There is an analogy to modern times. Lawyers cannot escape their role in giving assistance to corporate wrongdoers by hiding behind their ability to craft a clever phrase to circumvent what they know to be the right answer. In fact, according to Dante, it’s that very gift that makes lawyers even more complicit!” Harvey Pitt in an August speech before the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. The SEC commissioner also quoted Roman historian Tacitus and comedian Groucho Marx in his address.

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