Samsung Verdict Sends a Tough New Message to South Korea Inc.

Choe Sang-Hun, Jeyup S. Kwaak and Paul Mozur, reproting for New York Times;

On Friday, the country’s courts sent a different message.

Lee Jae-yong, the third-generation heir to the Samsung empire, was sentenced to five years in prison over a bribery scandal that has already contributed to the downfall of the country’s former president and shaken the country’s political and economic foundations.

It was the most remarkable sentence yet for a South Korean business titan, and a sign that the country is no longer willing to offer its business leaders political impunity in exchange for untrammeled economic growth.