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Steadman v. Securities and Exchange Commission
United States Supreme Court
450 U.S. 91 (1981)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (plaintiff) conducted an adjudicatory proceeding against Charles Steadman (defendant). The SEC found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Steadman had violated several federal securities statutes. On appeal, Steadman argued that, especially in light of the severe penalties attached to the SEC’s decision, the SEC should have applied the more demanding clear-and-convincing standard of proof. After the circuit court of appeals affirmed the SEC’s decision, Steadman appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
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