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  •  A relevant fact you might want to add (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, Christopher Tucker

    is that the whistleblower was recently awarded over $100 million for his heroic act, which amounts to roughly $44,000 for each day he spent in prison. He was also guilty of crimes and was not treated so badly when you consider the payday at the end.

    •  Interesting question. (2+ / 0-)
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      Argyrios, Christopher Tucker

      Would you spend 3 years in prison to get $100 million when you get out?

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:47:56 AM PDT

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      •  Irrelevant, from my perspective. (3+ / 0-)

        He committed some serious crimes of his own, so he did time for them.

        He committed a heroic act of whistleblowing, and got his cut of the funds he saved for the treasury.

        These are situations we should be able to hold in our minds at the same time. Both are manifestations of justice, to my mind, and there's no reason to conflate them. He wasn't punished for whistleblowing; he was rewarded. He was punished for something that was separate. The plusses and minuses for him were not netted, but were expressed separately, which would be appropriate if you think they were qualitatively different situations.

        For what it's worth, yes I would sit in a jail cell for $44,000 a day, at least for a little while.

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