The move came almost exactly a year after the SEC filed similar charges against former Apple CFO Fred Anderson and former general counsel Nancy Heinen.
Anderson settled his case, but Heinen is still on the hook and expects to go to trial sometime next year.
He's a revered Hall of Famer who doesn't get whistled for fouls that send other pros to the bench. He is too popular—among investors, journalists, employees, analysts, and in the culture at large—for anyone to recommend that he be deposed. The scandals at Enron, World Com, Adelphia, and everywhere else ended the era of the rock-star CEO.
But Jobs is the lone exception, as revered today as he ever was.
Ann Mather, who worked as chief financial officer of Pixar Animation Studios before then-chief executive Jobs dealt Pixar to Walt Disney Co.
As the co-founder and former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia As criminal securities-fraud cases go, prosecutors obviously felt they had a solid case in which they could prove intent, the toughest burden faced in criminal cases.
But their weightiest charges of securities fraud were thrown out.
As with Jordan, a different set of rules seems to apply to Jobs.
SAN FRANCISCO (Market Watch) -- Steve Jobs has managed to revolutionize both the consumer electronics and entertainment industries, but the onetime wunderkind can't seem to shake the stigma of the stock-options backdating scandal that enveloped Silicon Valley in recent years.