In manipulation cases, "everybody's doing it" is no excuse

From natural gas scandal of 2000s to Libor-rigging, troubling patterns persist

Vince Kaminski
Vincent Kaminski

"The buck stops here." It is one of the most frequently used idioms in American English; it means the process of passing the blame has ended, and full responsibility has been accepted. The origins of this expression are murky, but the most likely explanation is that poker players in the Old West were passing around a deck of cards with a buckhorn knife and the person willing to deal would say that 'the buck' (that is, the knife) stopped with him.1

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