Homemaking entrepreneur Martha Stewart was convicted for lying to investigators about a stock trade. She was sentenced to a short prison term. According to the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, the case will send an important message that we will no, and frankly, cannot tolerate dishonestly and corruptions. Similar statements were made by other prosecutors of high profile white collar, fraud related charges in recent years against such companies as Enron, WorldCom, and Adelphia Communications.
What ethical perspective is assumed by the prosecutor?
Are there alternative ethical arguments to support such perspectives?