Clear Your Browser History and Spend 20 Years in Prison

By Krotor, Daily Kos – You may need to decide something important today: would you prefer that your spouse or family member know about that naughty website you visited yesterday or would you prefer to spend a couple of decades in federal prison? A recent article in The Nation discloses the inappropriate use by federal prosecutors of a law meant for entirely different purposes. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was intended to provide authorities with tools to thwart criminal behavior by corporations. It was enacted after the Enron meltdown when we found out that executives (or their lackeys following orders) shredded every document they could think of which might incriminate them. The legislation’s goal was to prevent companies from perpetrating massive fraud and then destroying the evidence of their conspiratorial criminality while investigations were under way. The relevant section of Sarbanes-Oxley reads as follows: Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals,...

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