Jeff Skilling, the chief executive of Enron when it defrauded investors before its collapse in 2001, still believes he has the power to extort or bribe his way out of jail. It scares me to think that he might just succeed in having his 24-year prison sentence reduced significantly, confirming that justice is negotiable.
Let's drop all pretense here: Skilling is trying to pay his way out of jail, and if he succeeds, he will have reduced our justice system to rubble.
Skilling was one of the first smash-and-grab artists to be caught stealing with both hands in our unregulated markets, and we did not heed the call to strengthen oversight of the financial sector. His probable early release from jail tells me that we might have reached another one of those "let them eat cake" eras.