SECURITIES: On Easier Street

SECURITIES: On Easier Street

After a year of seemingly endless legal trauma for Drexel Burnham Lambert and Michael Milken, each got unexpectedly favorable news last week. Federal Judge Kimba Wood recommended that the former junk-bond king be eligible for parole after serving only 36 to 40 months of the 10-year sentence she imposed on him for securities violations. Wood based her decision on the financial damage done to investors and companies as a result of Milken's confessed misdeeds, which she calculated to be $318,000, less than a day's pay during Milken's highest-flying years and far less than the government's claim of more than $1 million....

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