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April 2012


How to Become a Bounty Hunter

NY U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara Among Time’s Most 100 Influential People in the World

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

Included in a list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World are folks like President Obama, comedian Steve Colbert, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Bharara is in obviously good company. And in the media’s endless search for Superman figures and heroes,  and good vs. evil, Bharara’s name has surfaced before.

He’s gotten his fair share of good press over time. He’s been called the “The Sheriff of Wall Street”, and in fact, he graced the cover of Time magazine in February with the headline: “This Man is Busting Wall St.”

The Time shoutout is just the latest bit of good press.

Time notes, in a short piece written by law professor and former assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh, that Bharara’s Manhattan team “has battled terrorism, convicting the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad; crippled international criminal networks run by Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, Jamaican drug trafficker Christopher Coke and Colombian rebal group FARC; and in March secured a halfbillion-dollar forfeiture from computer contractor SAIC in the biggest fraud ever against New York City. Those are good cases well prosecuted.

Time also notes that he has the ability to “see the next battleground”, a reference to the indictments of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacker networks.

“What sets him above is the patience honed by principle,” the article states. “Preet resisted the temptation of a sloppy kill and instead waited for the facts. His 58-0 record for insider-trading cases bodes ill for the bankers whom his office has charged with reckless lending practices or inflating mortgage values.”

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