Business: Pinto Ruling

A charge of company crime

In a decision that could have wide implications for corporations, an Indiana superior court judge last week refused to dismiss a homicide indictment against the Ford Motor Co. Unless Ford gets the decision overturned on appeal, the company will be tried on charges of reckless homicide. The charges, brought by a county grand jury, stem from an August 1978 accident involving a 1973 Pinto. Three girls died in the car when it burst into flames after being slammed in the rear.

Ford has been hit with more than 50 civil lawsuits charging negligence in placing the Pinto's gas...

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