First, before you read the WSJ bit, check out this video. It will put everything into context nicely.
(is that Eddie Murphy as Br'er Fox?!)
Finding out that a lather can easily be worked up in response to a regulatory bitchslap, the Department of Justice will be next to line up against Goldman Sachs, sort of like the couples skate of regulation. Awww!
Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or its employees committed securities fraud in connection with its mortgage trading, people familiar with the probe say.
The investigation from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office, which is at a preliminary stage, stemmed from a referral from the Securities and Exchange Commission, these people say. The SEC recently filed civil securities-fraud charges against the big Wall Street firm and a trader in its mortgage group. Goldman and the trader say they have done nothing wrong and are fighting the civil charges.
Prosecutors haven't determined whether they will bring charges in the case, say the people familiar with the matter. Many criminal investigations are launched that never result in any charges.
Line up and get a piece while rage against the big bankers has reached its breaking point: the regulators are so desperate to get your respect back, they're trying to take down the largest piece of prey they can find.
Before you let them park a wooden horse in your driveway, make sure you check the trunk for termites.