DOES THE PUNISHMENT FIT?

Yes, Bernie Ebbers, former CEO of WorldCom, is a bad, bad guy. He's convicted of massively cheating investors, he ruined lots of lives. But 25 years? Many murderers get lighter sentences. The criminal courts may not be where we want people like Ebbers, given how random the system can be. Richard Scrushy of HealthSouth beats the rap, peons can get 20 years for minor stuff and Ebbers may win on appeal. Most big frauds start with fudging small numbers. Will Ebbers's fate deter such first fudges? I wonder. Sending him away forever may make people feel better. But I'm not sure it will make their money safer.

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