A Little Justice for a Big Man

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Corporate Business, Law

“We’re shocked. This is not the outcome we expected.”

So said Ken Lay after his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges relating to the collapse of Enron. Shocked? Really?

My theory is that he really doesn’t believe he did anything wrong because he never intended anyone to get hurt.

If someone breaks into my house and takes everything I own, they know they are robbing me blind. But when a CEO and other top executives choose personal greed over employee and investor welfare, they don’t intend to hurt anyone. So does that make Lay’s crimes less severe than those of a burglar?

Hell no.

Whether or not Lay intended harm makes no difference. His actions were like those of a drunk driver who kills a family. The drunk had no intention of hurting anyone but we still throw the book at him because his negligence was of the most deplorable sort. Like the drunk who chooses personal pleasure and convenience over concern for all others on the road, Ken Lay chose personal success and wealth over concern for the employees and investors of Enron.

The result of his actions were tragic. The punishment is warranted.

But I do want to add: to all those who claimed Ken Lay would never suffer justice because of his personal connections to the Bush family, please note that the system is not so malleable. Ken Lay didn’t walk. He’ll serve time just like every other criminal who gets caught.

And I, for one, am glad to live in a country where even the most powerful are not above the law. That might “shock� Ken Lay, but it should please the rest of us.


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6 Responses to “A Little Justice for a Big Man”

  1. DosPeros Says:

    They should have just cheated on their taxes like decent Americans.

  2. Lonely Federalist Says:

    I think you meant DeLay! =P

  3. Joshua Says:

    A Little Justice for a Big Man

    …which just happened to coincide with A Big Injustice for a Little Man.

  4. Callimachus Says:

    Dammit, Joshua! I had that all cued up.

  5. JP Says:

    Well, they don’t intend to hurt directly, but they’re selfish and greedy in their behavior. I don’t see the difference. Perhaps their plan was to rape the energy markets for as long as possible, never get caught, and ride off into the sunset.. oh well!

  6. Eclectic Floridian Says:

    “glad to live in a country where even the most powerful are not above the law”

    I respectfully disagree. Our President has:

    Suspended Habeus Corpus (at Guantanamo)

    Instituted Warrantless Wire-Taps

    Instituted Torture

    Exempted himself from the effect of 750 laws passed through “Signing Statements

    The Decider is powerful and apparently completely above the law. No Democrat or Republican nor any combination has had the balls to confront our Dictator with these facts. Will he declare himself president for life next?

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