When relations sour between corporate behemoths, things can get ugly. Though Halliburton is pleading guilty to destroying evidence, it doesn't appear that prison is on the horizon for any Halliburton execs.
The maximum allowable fine under the law, $200k, is chump change for a company the size of Halliburton. Their legal bills were far higher than the fine. I'm sure the main legal concern wasn't avoidance of a fine. They wanted to minimize civil liability and make certain that no Halliburton executive would face criminal charges.
I'd call this episode Too Big To Fail meets Too Big Too Jail.