“[A] great deal of wealth-creation takes place in [a] grey area…Steve Jobs [backdated stock options].”

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21709331-lock-em-up-mentality-white-collar-crime-misguided-jail-bait

I’m not seeing a lot of grey in this example.

Excerpt:

Populists like to think that there is a bright line between right and wrong: overstep it and you should go directly to jail. But a great deal of wealth-creation takes place in the grey area between what is legal and questionable. Some of the world’s greatest business people have overstepped the mark. Bill Gates was hauled up before the authorities at Harvard University when he was a student for using computers without permission. Steve Jobs participated in backdating stock option-based compensation at Apple, including his own, in order to inflate the options’ value

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