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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

White Collar Sentencing: Where's the Parity?

From "It’s easy to become perplexed at the massively disparate consequences laid down on former Enron finance chief Andy Fastow versus that of Bernie Ebbers, former chief executive of WorldCom. Both committed massive frauds where countless shareholders and employees lost billions, yet one will be able to take his son to get his driver’s license, while the other will likely die an old man behind bars. Whether you are bullish or bearish on prison penalties, this doesn’t make sense, does it? Should there not be some semblance of parity?"  Closer examination here discusses the method behind the two prison sentences. [Michele Berry]

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