The Atlanta Judge Who Stuck A Thorn In The SEC's Side

Law360, New York (June 11, 2015, 7:04 PM EDT) -- The Atlanta federal judge who sent shock waves through the securities bar when she questioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's hiring of administrative judges may be little known on the national stage, but she has deep roots on the federal bench that go all the way back to the Founding Fathers.

The shock waves came on June 8, when District Judge Leigh Martin May halted an SEC administrative proceeding against a real estate developer accused of insider trading by ruling that his claim that the SEC's administrative judges are hired unconstitutionally likely has merit.

The ruling, which has already been...

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