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okaywhatever
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12:37 PM on 05/09/2013
I think this decision by the dept of justice may have been motivated by the current supreme court. The study the attorneys do to show liberal or conservative bias just came out and shows that five of the ten most pro-business justices in the history of our country are sitting on the court right now. They have re-written the election laws via citizens united and the d of justice probably doesn't want to give scotus a chance to rewrite the constitution. I have lost all respect for the current scotus. I think this is another example of how they've changed America for the worst.
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JsLkinHere
01:40 AM on 05/10/2013
What has this got to do with the Supreme Court?
okaywhatever
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02:17 AM on 05/10/2013
Skilling was claiming he was going to appeal to the supreme court. Scotus has been very pro business and may have given an unfavorable decision. This is the scotus who determined corporations could give unlimited campaign donations. Scotus has been very active in re-writing laws regarding business. By taking the deal, the dept of justice avoids giving them the opportunity to set precedent that may harm future cases.
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RudyHaugeneder
12:13 PM on 05/09/2013
Skilling has millions upon millions of dollars left floating around so he can negotiate a reduced sentence. My goodness, it seems crime does pay if you don/t get caught, and the proceeds can be used to reduce you sentence -- and still let you keep millions to enjoy, unlike the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who either committed suicide because they were left penniless in retirement, or near retirement, or saw their families reduced to poverty and homelessness.
The big crime "greed is good" philosophy continues to rule, the USA and everyplace else. For those upset at this, remember OWS is still around some place.
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Cmacbarbados
Pushed to the left by the excesses of the right
11:39 AM on 05/09/2013
Skilling has long maintained his innocence, and according to court filings had been pursuing a new trial.....

First, the government should not need to make a deal with him to get back the money he stole. Second, he should have to admit guilt. Third I would like to know how soon he will be eligable for parole.
okaywhatever
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12:39 PM on 05/09/2013
Probably 2017 which means he will have served ten years. He is hoping the very pro-business scotus will overturn conviction. This scotus has overturned more rulings where business is concerned than any other scotus.
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Cmacbarbados
Pushed to the left by the excesses of the right
12:41 PM on 05/09/2013
But of course....however, I am hoping that the activist supreme court will have changes before the current president's term is over.
11:37 AM on 05/09/2013
Why not let Bernie Madoff out too?
11:13 AM on 05/09/2013
"The end of a long and painful process?" Who is Skilling's lawyer kidding? For whom? Certainly not the his victims. I was visiting California at the time Eron decided to gouge the state for more money. It was pathetic seeing half-darkened department stores and hotels with no air conditioning due to a fictitious power shortage.
okaywhatever
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12:52 PM on 05/09/2013
Yeah, the appeals court said the sentence was too harsh. What's appropriately harsh for holding an entire state hostage and bankrupting thousands?
10:58 AM on 05/09/2013
This agreement ensures that Mr. Skilling will be appropriately punished for his crimes and that victims will finally receive the restitution they deserve," said Peter Carr, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman.

You mean the people who lost their life savings will get a check for $300? Just like the restitution made to the people who had their homes stolen from them?
10:53 AM on 05/09/2013
This is a joke. He "maintains his innocence", sorry guy, if you take the job as CEO you are automatically responsible for anything done by that company. Don't want the responsibility? Don't take the job! Oh but you want the salary and perks that go with that job, don't you?
He'll get out, he'll have money, he'll live a good life and all those people that had all their money stolen will still be left with nothing. Makes me sick
okaywhatever
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12:41 PM on 05/09/2013
I don't agree that a ceo is responsible for everything that is done in that company, but I do believe you are completely responsible for everything that is reasonably within your pervue and that you had knowledge of. In his case he not only knew, he helped create it.
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smoknjoe
Condemnant quod non intellegunt.
10:43 AM on 05/09/2013
I wonder if he will put Enron in his resume when he begins job hunting.
okaywhatever
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12:42 PM on 05/09/2013
He can run for congress in south carolina. They've just proven in the sanford election that stealing money isn't a big deal to them.
10:26 AM on 05/09/2013
His original sentence should've included first and foremost, the $40M fine in restitution.

Whenever someone is found guilty of tax fraud, the sentence always starts with $$ then time. IRS wants their $$ more than they care for jail.
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DoctorHorror
10:26 AM on 05/09/2013
Ey King Harper - tough of crime? Yes, for the middle and lower class, but not for the rich.
okaywhatever
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12:45 PM on 05/09/2013
I think this is a decision to try and keep his case out of the supreme court. This scotus has handed down more pro-business decisions, overturned more appeals court rulings where business is concerned and has given us the citizens united ruling. If this decision keeps scotus from rewriting the constitution like they've been so fond of i'm okay with it. I don't know how many corrupt ceo's a bad decision this will let off the hook in the future.
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DoctorHorror
02:48 PM on 05/09/2013
CEO's should be completley accountable for bad decsion. For example, under court law a corporation is a person, but fails to be put on trial if the corporation costs lives.
09:59 AM on 05/09/2013
typical travesty of justice for this low life....white and rich...always win
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smoknjoe
Condemnant quod non intellegunt.
10:42 AM on 05/09/2013
Hmm. So O.J. was white? That is a new one on me. Think before you say something bigoted. Ok?
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rww549
Yellow Dog Democrat
11:35 AM on 05/09/2013
coolkraft said white AND rich. Perhaps he should have said white and/or rich
08:56 AM on 05/09/2013
It's good to be a white collar criminal.
08:54 AM on 05/09/2013
We need to know his and his wife's and his children's net worth before deciding if $40 million is the right number. Why didn't he have to make this restitution before?
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rww549
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11:37 AM on 05/09/2013
Certainly the money he stole was invested, and is substantially more now than it was then.
08:32 AM on 05/09/2013
Why is this news? Call me cynical, but isn't this just the way it is? If your job title has a three letter acronym in front of it that starts with the letter 'C', you don't have to be held accountable for your criminal actions. That fact he actually did jail time is the real story.
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08:32 AM on 05/09/2013
"Jeff will at least have the chance to get back a meaningful part of his life." .. " Jeff will at least have the chance to get back a meaningful part of his life." .. "In 2009, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Skilling's conviction, but called his sentence too harsh".........................Isn't the best part of "By The People For The People" "Equal Justice For All" ?
okaywhatever
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12:50 PM on 05/09/2013
Well then we'd need to look at "too harsh". Does someone who has bankrupted thousands, hurt pension plans irreparibly and sowed distrust among our corporations entitled to a lower sentence than say someone who had a kilo of coke? If it's too harsh, then we need to look at other sentences.
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02:36 PM on 05/09/2013
Thanks for a response. Couldn't agree with you more, what's up with the Criminal Justice system ? They keep eroding quality of life and crime goes on affecting a number of Americans. Recently the man that shot two girls at a Virginia mall was charged with malicious wounding ? Is attempted murder politically incorrect ? My closing thought let me see I want people to respect law and order so by paving the way to U.S.A. citizenship to millions that entered America illegally that will teach them to obey the law of the land. I get it now ?