With ink from the news of the 2008 Recession already drying in the textbooks and the Big Chill on Wall Street overriding Hookergate glee, it's time, as they say, to think outside of the box.

The $5 billion Eliot Spitzer amassed from mutual fund companies in the late-trading and soft-dollar scandals of 2003-2005, let alone the billions in fees sanctioned firms were forced to forfeit in the A.G.'s strong-armed settlements, is just sitting there. No one, not even the MIT and Ph.D. economics geniuses that have been brought in, can figure out how to properly assess and disburse the money to the investors who were harmed.

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