Our Founding Fathers would turn in their graves if they saw more and more often that laws no longer applied equally to all. How could we the average citizens be protected when a number of government regulators exercised regulation without enforcement and failed to impose adequate punishment, especially on the rich and powerful?
In California you could steal apples from the supermarket 3 times and spend 25 years minimum in prison.
"25 The mandatory minimum sentence in years under the 3-Strikes law for a third strike"
But, you could be cited 600 times for safety violation by MSHA, pay less than $1 million in fines, and essentially get away with murder like Massey Energy.
"The coal mine rocked by an explosion that killed at least 25 workers in the nation's deadliest mining disaster since 1984 had been cited for 600 violations in less than a year and a half, some of them for not properly ventilating methane — the highly combustible gas suspected in the blast...
Last year alone, MSHA cited Upper Big Branch for 495 violations and proposed $911,802 in fines. Production more than tripled during that period, according to federal records. So far this year, the agency has found 105 violations at the mine...
Blankenship's hard-driving approach was illustrated in a 2005 memo in which he told mine workers that if their bosses ask them to build roof supports or perform similar tasks, 'ignore them and run coal.' "
You could also be charged by the SEC for bankrupting a whole county through illegal means, and get away with paying only $75 million in fines while keeping your licence and handing out billions in bonuses.
"JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $75 million in fines and forfeit $647 million in fees to settle federal regulators' charges that it made unlawful payments to friends of public officials to win municipal bond business in Jefferson County, Ala...
JPMorgan also was censured and agreed to refrain from future violations of the securities laws."
"... censured and agreed to refrain from future violations?"
Ummmm, didn't JP Morgan say the same thing in the Enron scandal?
Where is the CHANGE???