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Will the Next President Go After Corporate Criminals?

RiggedJustice2016_cover-232x300Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a recent New York Times op-ed notes: “While presidential candidates from both parties feverishly pitch their legislative agendas, voters should also consider what presidents can do without Congress. Agency rules, executive actions and decisions about how vigorously to enforce certain laws will have an impact on every American, without a single new bill introduced in Congress. …

“I just released a report examining 20 of the worst federal enforcement failures in 2015. Its conclusion: ‘Corporate criminals routinely escape meaningful prosecution for their misconduct.'”

RUSSELL MOKHIBER, russellmokhiber at gmail.com, @corpcrimereport
Editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, a weekly print newsletter based in Washington, D.C., Mokhiber also produces a daily podcast — the Corporate Crime Reporter Morning Minute.

He just wrote a piece about Warren’s report titled “Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy.” [PDF]

Mokhiber said today: “Major corporate crime is rampant in America and yet our prisons are filled with minor offenders. Why?

“Senator Warren answers with ‘Rigged Justice,’ a report that details a two-tiered system of justice — one for you and me and one for major corporations and their executives.

“As Warren reports, street criminals are locked up for long stretches for crimes that involve thousands — or even hundreds — of dollars while corporate criminals game the system, cheat families, rip off taxpayers, and even take actions that result in the death of innocent victims — all with no serious consequences. Unlike her former colleague and corporate crime enabler Hillary Clinton, Warren wants to expose the corporate criminals and throw their executives in jail.”