November 26, 2004
Corporate Homicide - In Scotland
Toughening up on corporate crime is not unique to the United States. Scotland is planning a corporate homicide law. BBC News reports that "[p]lans have been announced for a specific offence for corporate and public bodies which cause death through failures of management." The law is a reaction to the fact that "[i]n June 2003, appeal court judges in Edinburgh rejected a charge of culpable homicide brought against the gas pipeline firm, Transco, following the death of a family-of-four in Larkhall."
Some may recall how the U.S. tried a homicide charge, unsuccessfully, in the Ford Pinto Case. Corporate homicide charges remain a controversial topic in the U.S. today. Check out a 2003 column called "Corporate Homicide," by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman.