Supreme Court Comes Down On Side of Wrongdoers In 2 Cases
Overturns Arthur Andersen Conviction" from the Associated Press, reports
that Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm that went down in flames in the Enron
debacle, had its conviction of obstruction of justice for destroying records
in the Enron case. The decision was unanimous, based on the fuzzy directions
that the jury received.
This case has no winners - the employees of Enron and Arthur Andersen and the
investors who lost jobs and fortunes thanks fo the wrongdoing to a greater or
lesser extent in both companies. Will "unnecessary documents" become
the new euphemism for data that needs to be atomized to protect corporate malfeasance?
The Justice Department that jumped on the Arthur Andersen adcounting firms
practices, expressed disappointment - and corporate America breathed a little
easier as far as document retention. One has to also wonder if such a case will
bcome moot if there are rigorous digital document archiving with stringent protections.
Court Sides with Inmates On Religion" from the Associated Press, reported
that the Supreme Court upheld a federal law saying that inmates religious needs
must be accomodated. The prisoners who brought the suit complained they wre
denied literature, time to worship and ceremonial items. Since prisons receive
federal money, their religious faiths must be accomodated, no matter how bizarre
or fringe-like they are. This case included a witch and racial separtist as
While the practice of religion overall would seem to have a beneficial effect
on inmates, would it not also for students, employees, etc. that also are in
places that receive federal funds?
This could broaden the scope of religion in other institutions and set up some
pitched battles on separation vs. accomodation of religion.