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How honest do you think Wall Street executives are?

Matt Berger Mar 7, 2011

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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