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How honest do you think Wall Street executives are?

In a federal court in New York tomorrow, jury selection begins for the high-profile insider-trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam. He is a hedge-fund billionaire who was arrested in October 2009 and accused of making $45 million in illegal profits from on stock trades with non-public, inside information.

Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, has pleaded not guilty. The trial is expected to focus on hundreds of secretly taped conversations between him and businesspeople ranging from corporate directors to expert industry consultants. Nineteen other defendants linked to Galleon have pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, and some are cooperating with federal prosecutors.

The New York Post today published the questionnaire that potential jurors are being given. It includes questions like, "What newspapers and magazines do you read on a regular basis," and "How knowledgeable or familiar do you consider yourself to be about Mutual Funds?" You can read the full questionnaire here (PDF).

One question in particular for potential jurors caught our attention, so we thought we'd pose it to you in a poll.

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I truly had to laugh when I heard the question... I mean really? The result so far shows what everyone thinks.

Who will finally gonna have the balls to take the matter into their hands? I'll definitely vote for them if they have an ounce of credibility, but I can't think of anyone... Sad!

Washington, Wall Street?... Where is the nearest trash can please?

That is a terrible Likert scale. Did you guys do that, or was the original that messed up?

These guys are gamblers, period. "Honesty" isn't a part of it. What they care about is their own ability to gauge the market accurately. Did they win or lose? Did they guess right or not? They often don't even have a purpose for the money, really-it's only a marker telling them how well or badly they did. Is a a polar bear honest?
Anyway, that's why I don't get involved in the market. It isn't for normal people.

I worked on Wall Street when investment banking was still an honest profession.

Man, that seems a long time ago.

In the financial industry do not appeal to morality. Do not appeal to patriotism. There is no god or country except money. Thinking otherwise is naive.

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