Oh, the Justice Department promises to use civil cases to try to get back from Ken Lay’s estate some of the money he pirated, in order to compensate the little fishes who lost their retirement funds, college funds, houses and more in the Enron collapse.
But Ken Lay is still dead, and it is still true that he stole from the poor to pay the wealthy. Quite apart from revenge, those who suffered most from Enron’s collapse wish Lay had lived.
Please note that, among many other things the current Republican Do-Nothing Congress left undone, Congress adjourned without passing a change in the law that would have allowed Lay’s victims to get compensation. Congress’s adjournment let Ken Lay’s crimes go unpunished:
Prosecutors offered no counter-argument in the case, but had asked Lake to hold off on a ruling until next week so Congress could consider legislation from the Justice Department that changes federal law regarding the abatement of criminal convictions. Congress recessed for the elections without considering the proposal.
Arrgh, as Charlie Brown might say.