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Corporate Bodies and Guilty Minds: The Failure of Corporate Criminal Liability

William S. Laufer


We live in an era defined by corporate greed and malfeasance—one in which unprecedented accounting frauds and failures of compliance run rampant. In order to calm investor fears, revive perceptions of legitimacy in markets, and demonstrate the resolve of state and federal regulators, a host of reforms, high-profile investigations, and symbolic prosecutions have been conducted in response. But are they enough? This book argues that even with recent legal reforms, corporate criminal law continues to be ineffective. As evidence, this book considers the failure of courts and legislatures to fashio ... More

Keywords: corporate criminal law, blame, criminal responsibility, corporate liability, amnesty, leniency, cooperation, corporate greed, fraud, legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226470405
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226470429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William S. Laufer, author