In terms of rhetoric this one is pretty good:
But in this article, the keyword is may:
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, may demand the return of $4 billion in bonuses paid by Merrill Lynch & Co. just before it was acquired by Bank of America Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.
Cuomo also wants to know what Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lewis, 61, knew about the accelerated bonuses and about Merrill’s surprise $15 billion net loss in the fourth quarter, the person said. Lewis fired Merrill’s CEO John Thain this month after the losses required more federal aid.
I would go further, start getting these executive positions more in alignment with the national interest as well as the corporate, shareholders interest. The COP recommendations also state this as a goal. One thing is certain, this glorified executive feudal kingdom has got to stop.