Criminal defense attorneys in Atlanta said they weren’t entirely surprised that convicted former Enron CEO Kenneth L. Lay succumbed to a heart attack on Wednesday.

White-collar criminal defendants, who enjoy the benefits of concentrated power, big salaries and extravagant lifestyles, never expect to find themselves in front of a judge and facing a long prison term, said Atlanta criminal defense attorney Wilmer “Buddy” Parker III, who previously was a federal prosecutor. That’s not the case with other types of criminal defendants.

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