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Monday, April 05, 2004 10:01 AM
Deep Tycosis
Kevin Salwen on Ethics

OK, so what are we to conclude from Tyco Trial I? For starters, a few things:

-- Money matters, but only somewhat. I'm fascinated that several jurors are reporting that the prosecution focused too heavily on lavish spending. The consensus view: It's their money, let them spend it. So, while we all were gawking at the toga parties and $6,000 shower curtains, the jurors wanted to know where the cash came from. If it was legit, no problem. That has troubling implications about executive pay, which remains so goofy and out of whack. These people are the true lottery winners in our society.

-- John Grisham is pretty smart. I once thought 'Runaway Jury' was far-fetched. I was wrong. It's not hard to put in the fix somewhere, is it? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Juror #4, Ruth Jordan, was paid off. But watching her behavior sure makes it an easy leap to how Grisham beat us to that idea.\n\n-- Speaking of books... I've gotta figure there are at least two coming out on this case: Ms. Jordan and the Sports Illustrated reporter, Peter McEntegart. I'm betting on Jordan's being more interesting, since she sees herself as the Henry Fonda character in 'Twelve Angry Men.' Better do them quick, though; your 15 minutes are ticking.\n\n-- If they can't 'Grisham' the next trial, Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz had better cut a deal. It's pretty clear that the jury was ready to convict -- and the prosecution didn't even do its job well. Next time around, it's a 2-month trial and a 3-day deliberation. Jail time.\n\n-- I'm still outraged. That Martha Stewart is doing time while her crime was miniscule compared with what we saw among these CEO criminals. No funds looted, no employee pension funds destroyed. I'm not defending Martha -- wrong is wrong -- but I can't wait until she has more company in the pokey


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Tony Clancy - 4/5/2004 2:39:51 PM
Go figure ... CEOs walk the street ... Martha gets time ... and O.J.'s playing golf ....
kevin - 4/5/2004 12:22:54 PM
To clarify, I don't think she was paid. Merely making the point that Grisham's fictional theory came home to me in a fairly realistic way when I saw how one juror behaved. I fully believe Ms. Jordan was on the up-and-up.
Clayton Farnham - 4/5/2004 12:06:29 PM
I've seen enough crazy jurors with a mission screw up perfectly good trials that I'm convinced you can't suspect a payoff without more. You try a case with the leavings after you get rid of the ones you were able to discover you were scared of in voir dire, making every jury trial pretty much of a crapshoot. You need more to assume corruption.
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