White Collar Crime

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The Fastows of Enron are going to jail and Martha Stewart-s about to face a jury, but are the biggest fish getting off the hook? Two years after the collapse of Enron, former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow has admitted to enriching himself and bilking investors by conspiring to commit fraud. He-s agreed to serve 10 years in prison and to forfeit $29 million, one of the harshest penalties ever for white collar crime. Do federal agencies have the will--and the resources--for a crackdown to persuade potential wrong-doers that fraud and deception aren-t worth it? With the stock market back on the upswing, do investors still care? We hear from a journalist who covers legal affairs for BusinessWeek, the manager of a hedge fund, an expert in financial deregulation from the American Enterprise Institute, and a legal expert on securities fraud litigation and business crime from New York University.
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Moseley Braun's campaign website

Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby Poll

McRobert's article on Moseley Braun's intention to drop out of race, endorse Dean

KCRW Election Connection

Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Recent France article on possible impact of Fastow testimony

President Bush's space plan

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)



Warren Olney