Who's the monster now?
Sympathy for Skilling: Denying the ex-Enron head's request to attend his son'sfuneral seems cruel
J.T. Skilling, the youngest son of ex-Enron president Jeff Skilling, was found dead last week in California. He was buried on Monday. His father did not attend his funeral.
It's not because the senior Skilling, though hated by many, is a cold-hearted monster. The Federal Bureau of Prisons instead denied Skilling's bid for a temporary release to attend the funeral for his 20-year-old boy, who suffered an apparent overdose.
Others might not share this view, but, for now, I have nothing but sympathy for Jeff Skilling. He's not a violent criminal, a danger to himself or to society. He's not really a flight risk; he'd be guarded and his face is far too recognized. (And whatever he's capable of, it's not using his son's tragic and premature death as an opportunity for escape.)
What reason could the Bureau of Prisons have for denying his release? Not a good one, or one assumed they'd have given it.
What do you all think? Should Jeff Skilling have been able to attend his son's funeral, or was he stuck where he belongs — in prison for fraud?