A contract is a legally-enforceable promise or set of promises made by one party to another. A contract is a legally binding agreement concerning a bargain which is essentially commercial in its nature and involves the sale or hire of commodities such as goods services or land. (Wikipedia)
The juxtaposition of the following two approaches to obligations under employment contracts should not be overlooked. Despite the plain facts and heinous nature of the crimes, Amy Bishop’s employer announced only yesterday that it was beginning the process of terminating Ms. Bishop. Not too long ago, AIG executives (among others) were subjected to the whims of a lynch mob, unconcerned with the facts, indulged, if not incited by the very government charged with protecting the inviolability and enforceability of their individual right to contract.
The freedom of contract may be a complex legal issue; however, superficially at least, it appears that while the crime of taking someone’s life does not automatically negate the sanctity of one's freedom of contract, the non-criminal action of earning lots of money does.