If we presume to be a society living under the 'rule of law' then we need our laws to be consistent and enforced uniformly. We need to strip corporate leaders of any 'shield' to their responsibility to follow both the letter and the intent of the law.
Corporations can be prosecuted as criminals and every year some get convicted of crimes. However, over the past decade the government has not stepped up corporate crime enforcement. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary.
I was in my early 20's when a jury convicted me, and I faced a possible sentence of life. If Stanford struggles with his conscience, as I did, he will feel alienated from society in ways that aggravate the pain.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than shame.
I'm all for cracking down on political corruption and the insidious ways in which money subverts our democracy. But even within this category of wrongdoing I can think of plenty of bigger fish to fry than John Edwards.