Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rubber-stamped the weak settlement between MS and the DoJ.

Dan Gillmor: So it was a bad day for competitive markets. And it’s a depressing day for anyone who had the slightest belief that our system doesn’t side with the rich and powerful. … The one chance is for people to realize what’s at stake and do something difficult: Make choices that mean less convenience today in order to have liberty tomorrow. Americans are lousy at this, but a lot is now at stake. You may not care. You should.

John Robb: This proves one thing. As a society, we are still in denial about corporate abuses of power. Law, like any other system is prone to distortion by the views of the people that apply it.