This can cause some Fridge Horror once you connect it with the following: Mister Kinney is called without hesitation by Dick Jones. Following Kinney's death, Bob Morton is warned on the descending elevator by Donald Johnson to watch his back, after attempting to out-do Dick Jones with his Robocop proposal. After the warning, Morton says. "Too bad about Kinney."
It also makes just as much sense that Bob Morton sabotaged the ED-209 demonstration for the purposes of getting the RoboCop project greenlit. Notice how quickly Morton is to suggest his project after the Old Man chides Jones for setting them back. Or how he is laughing at beginning of Jones's presentation. If Kinney had some dirt on Dick (like suggested above), this takes suspicion away from Bob, at the expense of the viewer seeing Bob in an even more ruthless light.
This theory goes that ED-209 was meant to be outfitted with blanks for the demonstration, and Morton convinced someone to switch the blanks out for real bullets, and possibly even tampered with the programming.
If this were the case, then his assassination at the hands of Clarence takes on a much more personal pretext, and makes him more of an Asshole Victim.
- There would be very few employment tribunals in the world that would not find that Dick Jones could be validly terminated with cause after what he'd pulled.
- OCP, being a virtual den of evil in a Crapsack World, probably has a "terminate at will" clause in everyone's contract. It's up to you as a prospective employee as to whether or not you sign it, but if you do, the Boss can fire you whenever and for whatever he goddamn feels like.