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    is compliance.  In entering a plea, the perp demonstrated his compliance.  Compliance is probably what got him advanced in the industry.  Compliance involves falling on one's sword and taking the fall when criminality is exposed.

    The people who enshrine the length of punishment into law do so in the expressed expectation that by announcing the punishment ahead of time, they are creating a deterrent to crime.  The reason it doesn't work is because criminals, for the most part, do not think ahead.  They are either instinct-driven, reacting to the opportunity of the moment, or obedient to some superior--i.e. part of an organized criminal operation.  The reason we had to invent new law (RICO) was because our criminal law presumes that the perpetrator has a persona, material interest (intent) in committing the crime.  Criminal behavior under orders is a relatively new concept which probably arrived in tandem with the concept of human rights.  Depriving people of their rights was actually considered the norm--what we organized governments for.  I like to refer to "deprivation of rights under cover of law," but that's only recently possible.  As long as public officials were presumed sovereign in their actions, individuals, effectively, had no rights.  The whim of public officials reigned supreme.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 03:00:10 AM PST

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