Crime is crime. Whether someone robs a bank, kills someone in
cold blood, accidentally hits someone with a car or engages in
insider trading, it’s all crime.
Between Enron, Martha Stewart and now Tyco officials Mark H.
Swartz and L. Dennis Kozlowski, it seems like new examples of
“white-collar” crime appears in the news more often than they used
Unfortunate as this is, as long as it is happening it should be
in the news and these people should be tried for their crimes. Even
though these people didn’t commit crimes of a physical nature
(murder, rape, assault,) they still stole or allegedly stole
millions of dollars. Swartz and Kozlowski are accused of stealing
$170 million and illegally making $430 million by lying about the
value of Tyco’s stock.
This kind of crime is still devastating to innocent people, just
less clearly so. The people who lost their pensions from Enron and
the honest people who invested their money in Tyco stock have all
had crimes committed against them. These are not victimless
Legislatures make laws about business for a reason; they don’t
do it for fun, but because they see a public good. If the justice
system doesn’t work to catch and stop these people, the
legislature’s work is pointless.