Two things set the investigation of Apple apart from other backdating probes: the indispensability of the company's CEO and the fact that in-house lawyers are getting the most scrutiny, even though HR staff were also involved in options grants. Steve Jobs last week took the risky step of talking to prosecutors and SEC lawyers. But with turmoil in the U.S. Attorney's Office, and no joint defense agreement among potential defendants, the probe looks more uncertain than ever for all parties involved.
Direction of Apple Probe Clouded by Shakeups in U.S. Attorney's Office
January 23, 2007