Ken Lay deserved to die. I just wanted it to be worse. July 5, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Bidness.
Quite a bit of this going around today. Sumbitch didn’t suffer enough.
I’m not all that surprised by it, nor bothered really. People wanted to see the bastard “get what he deserved”, and a quick death feels too much like he got off easy.
Even that chest clutching panic crap really doesn’t cross their minds. Too fast.
Yes, obviously there’s a schadenfreud factor which can be dismissed. Set that aside.
When a man’s hubris leads him to commit crimes like Ken’s, decent people yearn for justice. Part of you, that part we don’t talk about at parties, wants him to hurt, but the better part of you just wants him to meet justice, to face up to his crimes, to atone for them.
Ken hadn’t begun that, officially, in the eyes of the law. I think he began that personal journey some time ago. His defense seemed, what? Weak? I don’t know, it didn’t have much heart in it.
Well, there are courts. And there is a court. And I ain’t hiring Michael or Sobek for the latter. If Ken did, he’s having a much worse Wednesday than you thought.
UPDATE: The prosecutors were going to ask the judge to assess a fine of up to $43 million, in addition to prison for the rest of his sorry ass life. Now that he’s dead, the sentencing phase of his trial is over. It appears there isn’t any legal mechanism in place that would allow the courts to fine his estate. You can sue it, but apparently you can’t fine a dead man.
Certainly makes some of the ire more understandable, doesn’t it?