Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rolling Heads

Former McAfee GC Kent Roberts - rogue options backdating agent, or poor sap thrown under the wheels of the corporate bus? God knows we in-house counsel are ready and willing to take the blame for things our companies want to do or not do - within the bounds of the law, of course. But stand trial with jail time on the line? Methinks not.

Was Roberts - whose federal court trial was to start yesterday - left twisting in the wind by McAfee? The company has suddenly found a bunch of emails that apparently may exonerate Roberts. As for the company and the attorneys who missed this discovery the first time around? "Heads have to roll" - that's the word from U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel.

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