Friday, 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.


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