Subject: File No. S7-08-09
From: Darren Lawson

September 14, 2009

Dear Chairman Shapiro,

I understand that you are still soliciting commentary on the matter of the Uptick Rule (above bid rule) and short selling. Illegal short selling persists and investors are being unduly punished for the benefit of "rogue traders" and under the pretext of maintaining liquidity supported by academic studies and a large parade of self interested professors.

I have no problem with legitimate short sellers. Naked short selling (the most damaging of all) via Canada and other non-US sites persists, despite the fact it is considered illegal. What do you need to see to reinstate integrity to North American financial markets, and save investors, pensioners and businesses (large and small) that have been the foundation of a thriving America?

Please put the interests of small shareholders, pension funds and such above the interest of Wall St crooks and restore the Uptick rule.

Yours sincerely,
Darren Lawson