The Culpabable Corporation: A Historial Overview of the Federal Court's Ruling on the Corporation as Criminal Defendant

Bonnie Roach, Ohio University
Jessie C. Roberson, Ohio University

Corporations such as Enron, and their officers, are being held accountable for criminal wrongdoing. Historically, the corporate entity was seldom held accountable for any criminal activity; but that has changed over the course of time. This paper is a historical survey of federal court decisions that are part of the evolution toward holding the corporate entity criminally responsible. We will examine the development of the notion of firms as wrong-doers and analyze patterns and trends in the cases against the treatment of individuals who commit crimes.

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