A former trading specialist accused of making thousands of illegal trades may have made mistakes in the “frenzied” atmosphere of the New York Stock Exchange but did not intend to commit a crime, his attorney insisted Wednesday.

Frederick P. Hafetz, of Hafetz & Necheles, said in closing arguments in the securities fraud trial of David Finnerty that his client would have had to be “insane” to think he could get away with such misconduct.

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