Eliot Spitzer: Wall Street's Top Cop

In a year when business let so many down, Eliot Spitzer fought back. How a rich kid from the Bronx became the people's champion

Now that headline writers refer to eliot spitzer with comic-book-hero honorifics like "the Enforcer" or "Sheriff of Wall Street," it's worth remembering that when the New York State attorney general began his breakthrough investigation of Merrill Lynch in 2001, he wasn't sure what he was doing. A general suspicion about the veracity of investment bankers' advisories had prompted Spitzer to launch a bit of a fishing expedition into Merrill's records. It wasn't turning up much, however, until early 2002, when Eric Dinallo, Spitzer's top aide on the project, came into his office and showed him a blue binder full of e-mail...

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