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Sociology 2266A/B
Hyu Yong

Denying the Guilty Mind- Account for Involvement in White Collar Crime - Introduction: - Author examines the excuses/justifications used by white collar offenders to explain their involvement in criminal activity - Offenses in report include-> securities, exchange fraud, antitrust violations, embezzlement, false claims and tax evasion - All the offenders were males - In white collar crime the focus is on WHY something is done rather than WHO did it (it is typically already known) - Prosecturoe must infer from the events that there was criminal intent and sufficient evidence exists for such a claim - Prosecutors spend a majority of time tryin to find INTENT - Most uniformly denied having had a guilty mind - AntiTrust Violators: - Four common themes - 1) Anti trust offenders focused on the everyday character/historical continuity of offenses - Argued they were following established practices - 2) Characterization of their actions was blames-> everyday practices of industry required them occasionally submit bids on projects they didn’t want. To avoid effort/expense of preparing full fledged bids, they would calla competitor get a price use - 3) Offenders were critical of the moves/tactics used by the prosecutors-> Thought they solely wanted personal advancement for their own benefit - 4) They compared their cirimes and the crimes o
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