posted on Dec, 16 2012 @ 01:35 PM
Originally posted by Heliocentric
Excerpt from the article :
Breuer and his Justice Department elected not to pursue criminal prosecutions of the bank, opting instead for a "record" financial settlement of
$1.9 billion, which as one analyst noted is about five weeks of income for the bank.
I went to court for possession of an illegal substance (a small quantity of soft drug), and was sentenced to a fine equivalent to 8 months of revenue
(because I do get up in the morning and go to work, I also pay my taxes and my bills, and do everything a so called responsible citizen is supposed to
So let's see, no court procedure for the bank and five weeks of revenue lost,
Court procedure for me and eight months of revenue lost.
I guess I should have offered free lunch to someone in the Department of Justice,
edit on 16-12-2012 by Heliocentric because: In the coolness of the empty sixth-month sky... the cuckoo’s cry.
You make two excellent points.
Not only do the banks get to "settle" for 5 weeks worth of revenue, but built into that settlement are laws written to protect them from any further
prosecution. But hey, for the billions they were forced to settle for to maintain any "illusion" of fair play to the average citizen....was always a
"win" for them, got some new laws to allow them to continue criminal practices without anymore "hassles" from those pesky taxpayers....
Now consider what happens if anyone else gets into even minor trouble for laws I personally find unjust in many cases to begin with. You are fined
beyond anything reasonable for the offence, 8 mns salary in your case, for a little personal stash, give me a break ! We have armed, aggresive "bill
collectors" willing to throw you in jail if you can't afford traffic fines, and hey, if you can't afford it, let's double those fines because your
obviously a "deadbeat" to begin with. God forbid that a person break thier "probation" once YOU break the law your at thier mercy and are
monitered........and let's not forget 3 strikes and your out.
My above examples apply to non-violent drug offences and traffic fines mostly, it has become a type of extortion pay or go to jail. I actually lived
in a city where if you smoked a ciggarette in certain outside public areas the bike cops would fine you $175, really? This happened to someone close
to me, and when she couldn't pay it, a warrent was put out for her arrest, which turned into a total nightmare for her.
Excellent OP.....very important topic......