U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

SEC's new enforcement powers aren't going away

Should the Securities and Exchange Commission be allowed to act as prosecutor, judge and jury in pursuing civil penalties against alleged violators of the security laws? If you think the answer is yes, you can only be heartened by Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refusing to hear constitutional challenges to the SEC's new powers under the Dodd-Frank Act. The court said that the defendant, George Jarkesy, could still bring his constitutional claims to the courts after the SEC reaches a final decision in this case, which hasn't happened yet. In theory, the court could then reach a different result when reviewing the constitutional merits...