Thursday, July 06, 2006

There is No Justice

I rejoice in no one's death. When someone like al Zarqawi croaks, I usually feel unmoved, a bit relieved or a little smug, but I feel no joy.

This is the way I felt upon learning yesterday that Enron found Kenneth Lay keeled over and died of a heart attack, a few month's shy of being sentenced by the courts after being found guilty of breaking every Generally Agreed Accounting Principle in the book to defraud investors, creditors and governments alike. The US government has assessed Lay's share in this monumental fraud at $US43.5 M.

Right wing pundits and cronies stateside will continue to support Lay post-mortem as a martyr, and see his death being some type of rapture whereby he gets to skip final judgement and go straight to heaven.

I hate cheats. And by all accounts Lay was one of the biggest. But by strange irony, and a quirk of the US justice system, he may end up having cheated justice itself. You see, since Lay had not exhausted his appeals before croaking, the initial conviction and resulting penalties might very well be thrown out altogether, so this stain on his character may only be temporary. And if so, I guess his estate gets to keep those millions of ill-gotten gains.

I really hope there is a thorough autopsy on this one, because with all that money up for grabs and greed seeming to run in that family, this might be the ultimate perversion of justice.


Blogger Annie Drogynous said...

I believe that everything happens for a reason and Karma came back to bite him in the ass hard. While I certainly don't like to hear that anyone died, I kind of expected that such stress would eventually take its toll on him, whether or not he was in or out of jail. Personally I think he's better off as I don't think he would have survived jail.

10:49 AM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Blair Bitch: just how long would he have been in jail before he called in his favours and got a presidential pardon?

7:57 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

With all the people he rear-ended you can bet his gravestone will become a public urinal and his grave a dance floor. On the bright side, hell just got a new CEO.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Fuff said...

What comes around....

11:55 AM  
Blogger marty said...

Death is an excellent way to avoid jail. You have to hand it to his legal counsel for such a brilliant plan.

7:53 AM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

We could dig him up and kill him again!!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Ben, aka BadBen said...

He was evidence.

Ken Lay believed up to the end that he had done nothing wrong.

I'm sure that his good friend, (Bush), believes that he's done nothing wrong, and his decisions have never hurt any "good" people.

It must be nice to be so darn sure of one's self. Just think about it, no guilt or stress in life! I'm just not wired that way.

5:00 PM  

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