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By jkaras ·
Lately I've seen many celebrities take the plunge in a crime scandal. Kobe being accused of rape has had a quick straight to trial compared to the other basketball star who shot his chuaffer with a shotgun and tried to cover it up that hasnt seen a court room yet, The virgina sniper finally going to court after how long? These are some incidents but what steams me is the whole Enron thing. When are those bastards going to get theirs after not only wiping out many investor's lives but essentially ruining investor confidence in our stock exchange? Is it really true that money buys justice, overbooked judicial system or what gets the most media coverage to sell the story? If you or I was accused of comitting any crime whether on a big scale or small scale would we still have our freedom? WE would be in front of the judge facing the decision within days not months/years getting the worst possible penalties of the law. The idea that they are getting away with this sickens me, I feel that what they did was just as or even worse than murder or rape. Why is the media being silent on this story of the century?

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It;s the reality of media

by Oz_Media In reply to Answer me this

I think the media has gone quiet on Enron because it's old news and doesn't sell. Enron wasn't the 'superstar' that Kobe is.

It is also interesting when white collar crimes don't see a courtroom for many years. High priced lawyers keep it going for longer and longer until finding a jury with any bias is virtually impossible because people forget or don't know what went on, it also makes witnesses less credible as statements will vary over time as the witnesses memory of events becomes unclear.

As for Kobe, he is going to flourish by media attention, whether positive or negative, with negative press even more valuable than good.

With you and I, nobody gives a damn and the press doesn't want to drag out a story, we get thrown in jail and then sped through a trial to get it taken care of and out of the way as fast as possible and by using the fewest resources.

White collar criminals are rarely handcuffed IN the office as apparently they pose less of a threat than a common blue collar criminal, not MY idea just the way it is. Personally, I think they should be hammered to the floor and hand-cuffed with a knee in the back and then thrown into jail until a trial date is set, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, they seem to be admired more than other criminals, so what, because of a white shirt and tie? He's still a criminal and capable of anything a blue collar criminal is.

I agree it is unjust, but money and press coverage seem to take precedence nowadays.

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Lou Dobbs had it in...

by onbliss In reply to Answer me this

his program 'Lou Dobbs' Moneyline' on CNN for a long time. I think he had a clock or counter to indicate how many days had gone by without an Enron personnel being sent to prision. Some lowly person (scapegoat) must have gone to the prison..as I don't see it any more on CNN.
Lou's agenda now is Immigration issues and Outsourcing issues.

So, not all media had ignored it...

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Civil charges might be better

by maxwell edison In reply to Answer me this

First of all, in our legal system, a person in presumed innocent until proven guilty. "Proven" is the key word here, and the evidence gathered by law enforcement and prosecutors is what "proves" guilt.

With criminal investigations, such as the Kobe Bryant case, the evidence is limited and isolated to one or two people. (We've all heard the details of the graphic "evidence" in the case.)

With the Enron criminal case, the evidence necessary to "prove" the charges, whatever those charges may be, are very widespread, such as paperwork created by the accounting firm outside of Enron. Moreover, the thousands (or perhaps millions) of pages of IRS regulations, loopholes, and so on, as well as SEC (Security Exchange Commission) rules and regulations, and such, all have to be researched, considered, and compared.

In the Kobe Bryant case, the sorting through evidence might take weeks (or months). But in a case like Enron, it could take years - plus millions of dollars in expenses for prosecutors.

As we learned with the OJ Simpson case, a civil charge versus a criminal charge takes different evidence criteria into consideration, and even though he (OJ) was found innocent on the criminal charges because of the evidence presented (or lack thereof), the same evidence was enough to rule against him in a civil charge. So he wasn't sent to jail (criminal), but he did have to pay millions in damages (civil).

Since gathering the evidence in the Enron case is proving to be such a time-consuming and expensive endeavor - not to mention the fact that much of it was "shredded" - perhaps the same avenue should be pursued with the slim balls from Enron. Charge them in civil court where the rules of evidence are not as strict. Ruin them financially, just like the ruined others.

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In addition to the above

by Cactus Pete In reply to Answer me this

When a criminal works across several jurisdictions, there are even more legal procedures that need to take place, just to determine who gets to prosecute, and to what extent. That alone can take a long time.

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