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White Collar Crime: The Heavy Electrical Equipment Antitrust Case of 1961

  • Gilbert Geis
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)

Abstract

An inadvertent bit of humor by a defense attorney provided one of the major criminological motifs for “the most serious violations of the antitrust laws since the time of their passage at the turn of the century.”1 The defendants, including several vice-presidents of the General Electric Corporation and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation—the two largest companies in the heavy electrical equipment industry—stood somberly in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia on February 6, 1961. They were aptly described by a newspaper reporter as “middle-class men in Ivy League suits—typical business men in appearance, men who would never be taken for lawbreakers.”2 Several were deacons or vestrymen of their churches. One was president of his local chamber of commerce, another a hospital board member, another chief fund raiser for the community chest, another a bank director, another a director of the taxpayer’s association, another an organizer of the local little league.

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General Electric York Time White Collar Crime Grand Jury Antitrust Case 
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