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HOUSTON (AP) — Former Enron chiefs
Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling were convicted
Thursday of conspiracy to commit
securities and wire fraud in a case born
from one of the biggest business
scandals in U.S. history.

AP photo by Pat Sullivan

Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, left, and
his attorney Dan Petrocelli express
disappointment after the guilty verdict was
announced Thurday.
What is wrong with people?  How could they do such a thing?

The answer is: the same reason lots of other people do what they do in business, owners,
salesman  and customers: greed and coveteousness.

How many people lie and misrepresent things for their own profit?

Several years ago there were a series of commercials asking, "What would you do for a
Kondike bar?"  What would you do for 10 million dollars?  5 million?  1 million?  What amount
would make you forget the law?  What amount would make you forget your ethics?  What
amount would make your forget your morals?  What amount would make you forget your

Paul warned of the problems of coveteousness and greed in his letter to Timothy:

You see, the problems faced by Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling are not peculiar to them, nor are they
the only ones to succomb to them.  Greed makes people do funny things.

The question is: what does it make you do?
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