The Arthur Andersen and Skilling Supreme Court cases can be found at numerous legitimate sites. The actual Skilling Supreme Court case can be found at the Supreme Court�s official website, supremecourt.gov. Go to �Opinions,� then �2009 term opinions,� then the Skilling case. (Even though the decision was in June of 2010, it is under the term starting the first Monday in October of 2009. These cases can also be accessed free through FIU�s library, in the legal database Lexis-Nexis, under �legal� materials. Search under Court cases for this Supreme Court case. They can also be found, free, at findlaw.com, under �cases and codes,� under �Supreme Court cases,� by entering the party�s name.� In Arthur Andersen, a relatively short Supreme Court case, the late Chief Justice Rehnquist gives a good brief overview of Enron and obstruction of justice. In Skilling, please read the beginning/introduction of the case, through the summary of the legal holding. Please read Justice Ginsburg�s majority decision. The first part (I) gives a good background of Enron. Part II gives a background of the legal issues before the Court. Part III discusses the honest services statute. Please also read Justice Sotomayor�s opinion.
You should use additional credible and reputable resources, and please cite and put in a bibliography all resources used. Please do not cite to Wikipedia.
In the five page paper, you won�t have the space to give a detailed analysis. Please summarize what happened at Enron and the major legal issues before the Court in each case, including what they decided on the major issues and why. There is one major issue in Arthur Andersen, obstruction of justice, and two major issues in Skilling.
The paper must also include an ethical analysis. Use chapter 7 of the text as a starting point for the ethics discussion, for the ethical tests and theories. Chapter 7 will be used throughout the course. Please include an analysis on the major ethical issues you see. There are numerous ethical issues, and you won�t be able to discuss them all. What issues do you see as a future accountant?
The paper is to be approximately five pages in length, or longer, but concise business writing is valued. It will be assessed on both content and written communication skills. This will be discussed in class on September 21. It is worth 10% of your grade, so please spend some time on this project, and start it early.