Legal Experts Say Lehman Criminal Case Would Be Difficult - WSJ.com I find it incredibly hard to believe that executives can't be held accountable for steering the global economy to near collapse (we're not out of the woods yet). Through shady accounting practices (Ernst & Young) they played their ponzie scheme (a la Madoff) and they knew only too well their house of cards was due for a big wind, otherwise they wouldn't have shuffled things around to make things "look rosey" to regulators (sheisty bastards themselves). It is laughable to me the guy at the top can use the defense "well, I didn't know what was going on." Isn't that his job? Does he not receive a profane salary to run his company? It is a fact that these executives have to sign documents to regulatory authorities, and that alone makes them accountable if there are irregularities (read meltdown). Apparently they have no responsibility whatsoever than to collect their paycheck. Lehman, Ernst, and apparently JPMorgan-Chase and Citibank, were all in cahootz (especially in the final days) in a scrambled cover-up operation. Out the window with any "prove intent" argument. These people diliberately played fast and loose with investors' money hoping to stay one step ahead of the shell game, and their poor judgement has cost trillions, wreaked havoc on the global economy, ruined the lives of millions of people, and they are still using the exact same practices, even today. If that isn't intent, then what is? It's rather like a Manslaughter charge anyway, I feel. You may not have meant to kill him, but you did, and for that you must be punished. If CRIMINAL charges are not quickly, broadly, and relentlessly pursued immediately, then I would have to say the regulators, the Fed, and Treasury must have known about it too, and sat on their hands. But who am I kidding, and why am I even complaining. Justice can never be served in this case. They can't pick Humpty Dumpty up and put him back together again. They can't/won't replace the lost wealth, jobs, pride, and homes they callously robbed from so many innocent people. They knew what they were doing. They knew better than anyone what the consequences would be. They knew they had millions in the bank (offshore no doubt) to pay for an army of lawyers to defend them. Criminals.