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Crime: Felony or Misdemeanor?

When one thinks of crime, it's usually with individuals in mind. However, companies commit crimes too. Review the articles below and respond to this question, citing the articles you reviewed:

1. Do the company's actions fit the definition of a crime? If so, what kind, a felony or a misdemeanor? Why or why not?

Articles attached:

a. Ex-WorldCom Chief Ebbers Convicted of Fraud(http://accounting.smartpros.com/x47410.xml)
b. Reliant Energy Services, Inc. and Four of its Officers Charged With Criminal Manupulation of California Electricity Market(http://www.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel04/energy040804.htm)
c. This US Department of Justice opinion might be useful to you: Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations(http://www.usdoj.gov/dag/cftf/corporate_guidelines.htm)

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Based on the three articles, this solution addresses the questions: Do the company's actions fit the definition of a crime? If so, what kind, a felony or a misdemeanor? Why or why not?

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