As Volkswagen Group prepared last week to enter guilty pleas to three felonies in a federal courtroom in Detroit, one of its executives, Oliver Schmidt, marked a full two months behind bars as he awaited a bond hearing.
Because VW hasn't yet followed through on its pledge to make public the findings of an internal investigation, much remains to be disclosed about who at the company did what to develop, approve and enable the conspiracy to cheat on diesel emissions tests. Schmidt will get his day in court.
As part of its $4.3 billion settlement with the Justice Department, VW has promised to fully cooperate with investigators. It must keep its word. This scandal will continue to dog the German automaker until it fully reveals to the world who ordered the cheat and why.