Legal fireworks continue to explode in the Los Angeles courtroom of Judge George H. Wu as the onetime top officers of WesCorp and the NCUA wrangle over the extent to which the regulator’s monitoring of the actions of WesCorp officials can be used as an excuse that saves them from blame.

On the one side, defendants Robert Siravo, Todd Lane, Robert Burrell and others. allege that they cannot be blamed for billions in investments in mortgage-backed securities precisely because the NCUA, by virtue of its onsite monitors at WesCorp, knew at every step exactly what WesCorp was buying. The essence of the defendants’ claim is that that knowledge represented a kind of tacit approval.

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