How to avoid jail after ruining many peoples’ lives

Well, a round of applause to Ken Lay.  It seems Mr. Lay was able to figure out a way to avoid being indicted for screwing so many people out of so much money.  Yesterday, Ken Lay died of a heart attack while vacationing in Colorado.  He expired just two days shy of the anniversary of his first indictments in the Enron scandal.

But wait, you might say – if he was indicted nearly 2 years ago, how can you say he avoided indictment?  Well, it’s due to the nifty nature of our legal system.  From Lay’s wikipedia page we find the tasty little answer:

Since Lay died prior to exhausting his appeals, his conviction may be considered abated under precedent in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal appellate court governing the district where Lay was indicted; therefore, Lay will legally be considered never to have been indicted or convicted of criminal charges.

So there you have it.  Buy yourself a heart attack, die, ????, profit!  I’m not sure about that last step, and I’m not sure what the third step has to be, but I hear you can’t have profit without having a ???? step.

And no, I don’t actually believe Ken Lay arranged his heart attack.  This is just a good natured poke at the deceased, along with a hint of conspiracy theory in acknowledgement of the many who believe he did indeed pay someone to give him something to induce a heart attack rather than face jail and financial penalties.

[tags]Ken Lay, Enron[/tags]