When we saw last week that the Securities and Exchange Commission had settled its case against William Sorin, the former general counsel of Mass.-based Comverse Technology, we wondered whether the same fate awaited the many displaced general counsel here in Silicon Valley who are very probably under SEC suspicion too.

After all, sources say McAfee’s former GC Kent Roberts is likely to be criminally indicted soon. Apple’s former GC Nancy Heinen is also under a cloud, as is CNET’s ousted GC, Sharon Le Duy. Mercury Interactive’s general counsel, Susan Skaer, resigned because of involvement in backdating activities in November 2005.

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