No CEO Safe In Federal White-Collar-Crime Sweep

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Federal prosecutors scored a white-collar-crime triple play yesterday: the indictment of former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay, the conviction of Adelphia Communications chief executive John Rigas for corporate looting, and the denial of a new trial for Martha Stewart. The Washington Post says the cases mark the 21st century's opening years "as a period of unprecedented peril for once-highflying corporate leaders." "This was the greatest period of malfeasance since the 1930s, and the only reason we didn't have indictments in the '30s was we didn't have the laws yet," said Charles Geisst, a business . . .

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