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Ex-Cantor Broker Barred From Invoking 9/11 in Defense to SEC

  • Adam Mattessich is accused of illegally splitting commissions
  • He said he thought he was given go-ahead in attack’s aftermath
The 9/11 Memorial before a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

The 9/11 Memorial before a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Photographer: Mike Segar/Pool/Getty Images

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A former Cantor Fitzgerald LP broker was barred from bringing up 9/11 as part of his defense against SEC charges that he illegally split commissions with another employee.

Adam Mattessich can’t question witnesses about the impact of the terrorist attacks on Cantor, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday, because the issue has no bearing on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against him and could inflame the jury.