Preet Bharara makes TIME coverFebruary 1, 2012: 5:25 PM ET
Bharara is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, responsible for a series of insider trading convictions that included hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. From the story, written by Massimo Calabresi and Bill Saporito:
One of Bharara's characteristics is his combination of blue-collar, former mob-prosecutor attitude with an unabashed moralist's talk of high standards. In my interview, for example, he said he learned the value of wiretaps as a line prosecutor in Manhattan:
"When you're trying to make a racketeering case that involves charges of extortion, which by definition include threats of violence, and you have a guy saying, like you might see on The Sopranos, 'I'm going to staple your eyeball,' that's pretty good evidence. And you get that all the time." In the same conversation, he talked about the need for high standards among prosecutors. "In this office, we talk every day about doing what is right by the law and by our conscience and try to use the most aggressive technique that is appropriate to the task at hand, within limits of the law," he said.