Trials & Litigation

Cardozo Law Student Gets Unexpected Lesson from Federal Judge at Gupta Insider-Trading Case Hearing

Not having a job lined up for the summer, a student at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has been spending her time watching proceedings in the high-profile Manhattan insider-trading case of Rajat K. Gupta

Benula Bensam also wrote several letters to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has been presiding over the Southern District of New York case.

This week, she learned an unexpected legal lesson, the New York Times’ DealBook blog reports.

First, according to Bensam, she was taken aside on Monday and grilled by federal marshals about whether she had been trying to influence the outcome of the case. Then she was called into a private conference with the judge and attorneys for both sides on Wednesday, at which Rakoff politely asked her not to send him any more communications, explaining that they could be taken amiss, she told the newspaper.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” said Bensam. “But now I know.”

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