Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley reiterated calls Wednesday for the Federal Housing Finance Agency to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to offer principal reductions to distressed borrowers and to participate in nonprofit home buyback programs.

Coakley sent a three-page letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt trying to persuade him that principal reductions could be crafted in such a way to prevent abuses, including what she called "the abstract fear of waves of strategic defaulters."

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