Enron again

July 7, 2006

An odd take on the untimely demise of Kenneth Lay: a newscaster asking if this “sends the right message to corporate executives.” I’m not entirely sure I know what message it sends, but I presume he’s talking about the fact that, under the current laws, someone who is convicted but dies before appeal or sentence dies effectively not a convicted criminal.

Um. So are they saying that corporate executives are now going to say, whoa, wait a minute–I can defraud my company, my employees, and my shareholders for a fortune, and if I get convicted, all I have to do is die before sentencing!

Both morbid, and strange.

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