Damian Williams, The First Black U.S. Attorney For The Southern District Of New York, Is ‘Relentless’

Damian Williams (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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When I became U.S. Attorney, I promised that we would be relentless in rooting out corruption in our financial markets. This is what relentless looks like.

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in comments given on the courthouse steps following Sam Bankman-Fried’s conviction on money laundering and fraud charges. In a recent profile in New York Magazine, Williams reaffirmed his beliefs, stating, “There should not be two standards of justice in this country, one for blue-collar crime and one for white-collar crime. I have always bristled at the expectation that white-collar criminals should get white-glove treatment.” Williams is the first Black U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, which has existed for 232 years.


Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter and Threads or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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