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

From the natural gas index scandal of the early 2000s to the Libor-rigging cases of today, it's always the junior employees who go to jail while bosses walk, Vincent Kaminski observes

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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