Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The Wall Street Jrl, in a superb article authored by John R. Emshwiller here, tells the story of Anthony Elgindy and the tragedy faced by his family as a result of his conviction in a white collar case. Clearly the most moving part of this story is the dilemma faced by his wife in deciding which 2 of 3 children would accompany her into the prison to see their father. Street crime cases have faced these issues for years, often with little or no acknowledgment. Perhaps one of the benefits of the focus on white collar offenders and the increased sentences (and in this case the sending of a convicted person to prison prior to sentencing) is that the media is now noticing the effect of these cases on third parties, and most importantly the children.
But white collar crime cases also are unique as pointed out in this article. According to the article it seems the government (article says "federal officials") is offering money (keeping some of their money) to the family if Anthony Elgindy acknowledges a loss of one million dollars, an amount that could increase his sentence. Would a prosecutor really place a person in the position of agreeing to something that may risk them a higher sentence so that their children would have money while they were incarcerated? Talk about prosecutorial power - this is the ultimate power - or shall I say - abuse of power.