Our goals in life are to have liberty, pursuit of happiness and maintain of our basic needs. It has always been the inherent instinct of man, to seek the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, the path of least resistance, to the Wall Street elite and corrupt elected officials has become larceny by volume. One alleged to have done such is former Tyco CEO Kozlowski. He is in jail for buying $6000 shower curtains and lost his 1st parole hearing April 5, 2012
Yes, I said in jail for a $6000 shower curtain (though it was also publicized that he had a $15,000 umbrella stand). What Mr. Kozlowski was tried for, was an "outrageous" pay package and (purportedly) laying claim to an unauthorized bonus. But he was crucified in the media for a $6000 shower curtain and $15,000 umbrella stand. He was not tried by his "peers" - that is for sure. There was no Blankfein, Paulson or Warren Buffet on the jury. Could you even imagine such?
Documenting as if apropos knowledge that this article was to be written, the parole board said they understood it was his 1st offense but that was not all they wished to consider. As denoted by this USA Today story "Former Tyco CEO Kolowski denied parole" they vindictively denoted that;
The board said it took notice of Kozlowski's absence of any prior convictions and clean record behind bars, including a merit certificate. However, the panel concluded that early release at this time would "not be compatible with the welfare of society at large, and would tend to deprecate the seriousness" of his offenses.
Now, before you go getting your stuff in a ringer - you need to pay attention to whom it is that brings you this message, seeking in you - better humanity. I am Laser (the Liquidator) Haas. My home, career and life savings has been plundered by Bain, Goldman Sachs and their cohorts - including corrupt rogue persons within the Department of Justice. They have destroyed me and my company (eToys) and I do want them arrested and convicted. It is neither weak of me or wrong of me to state that I don't want them to spend decades in prison - it serves no good purpose to think that way.
And I argue that you should agree.
Are you upset that no one has been indicted for the 2008 financial crisis?.
Recently, other appeals were denied. Enron's CEO Skilling was denied, OKUN of 1031 Tax Group who is doing 100 years - OKUN also lost his appeal. Adelphia's father and son lost their appeals. Madoff has gone on the record on how absurd his 125 year sentence is. Just a few weeks ago, Minnesota convicted Tom Petters - has just filed an appeal request at the US Supreme Court. He is doing 50 years in prison.
Ask yourself this simple question - "Are you satisfied that justice is done"?
Now, I will perplex you for a second. I am NOT satisfied!
Don't get me wrong, I do want people arrested for their crimes. We must enforce civility and order - prudently. However, I argue with you that the punishment must fit the crime. We can give manslaughter and murder 6 to 18 years - more or less; but white collar crimes 125 years. This is absolutely absurd. Petters should have gotten 10 years, Madoff 10 years, Kozlowski 10 years, Okun 10 years and Skilling 10 years.
They should have been granted parole in 3 years or less.
Who are the real culprits and real victims?
What is really going on here - is a shell game. We, the American people - are being played. The true culprit is a sinister, evil and seditious beast that placates us with massive sentences upon the few while there is destruction of the many. The true victim is Justice itself. The fabric of integrity of the system of justice has been laid waste and the perpetrators are those the American taxpayers hire to do the job of administrating justice. When they fail, do errors, ignore or destroy cases files (as confessed by the SEC and OSC [here] & [here]) = we, the American citizenry - Lose.
Just tonight, CBS show 60 Minutes had a piece about Lehman Brothers - one of the largest bankruptcies and failures of all time. Only Enron was bigger. Turns out a crime was perpetrated in Lehman - but no one can be prosecuted - because the SEC was actually physically at Lehman Brothers on a daily basis. They are getting away with an actual crime. A fraudulent deception that the SEC seems to be willing to let slide. That is Bull [c]hit of the highest order. In the same level as the fact that JP Morgan and many law firms have benefited from the billions lost.
See the the video here;
What is Justice - Crime & Punishment
Justice is defined by Merriam-Websiter (here) as the quality of being fair or just. Is it "fair" that Petters is doing 50 years and Madoff 125 years? Is it fair that Kozlowski's parole was denied? Is it fair that no one in Lehman Brothers has been charged?
Was it proper for the SEC to destroy the Madoff files? Is it proper that Scott Bloch, the former head of the Dept of Justice's Office of Special Counsel ("OSC") - CONFESS to avoid any further prosecution and then refuse to do even 1 month in jail? The OSC division is the actual Whistle Blower's public integrity section of our federal system of justice. Scott Bloch swore an Oath to the people of the United States. He took tax payers monies and a salary far greater than most of those who paid for his hire. Is Madoff and Petters worse than this? I kid you not - read the Wikipedia remarks that;
On April 27, 2010 Bloch pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of Congress for, according to the U.S. Attorney, "willfully and unlawfully withholding pertinent information from a House committee investigating his decision to have several government computers wiped ...." Bloch was originally slated to be sentenced on July 20, 2010. However, the sentencing was postponed after watchdog groups objected to a plea deal which would have likely seen Bloch only get probation; contempt of Congress carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison. On February 2, Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson ruled that Bloch faces a mandatory sentence of at least one month in prisonSince then, Scott Bloch has refused to do 1 month in jail and court battles have been waged to tear up the guilty plea. It is absolutely absurd that such a Breach of Fiduciary Duty and betrayal of the public's trust - does not even get a slap on the wrist.
Things are all screwed up in this country. Corporations are not people, but their CEO's that get "caught" up in the vindictive - out for justice wind - can wind up doing decades in jail. But the SEC people who destroyed Madoff and eToys cases files, the US Attorneys who refused to prosecute their former friends, clients and associates - get a chance to become Judge or $1.5 Million sign on bonuses (Debra Yang the former DOJ head of President Bush's Corporate Fraud Task Force went to Gibson Dunn and got a whopper sign on Bonus).
Then there is former AG John Ashcroft - who received a $50 million NO Bid contract from US Attorney Chris Christie. This is an OPEN public for of possible bribery and a blatant, flagrant thumb of his nose at the noble office he served.
Paul Traub, Mitt Romney, Bain and Goldman Sachs stole my life, my career, my house and our company eToys. Though I do want them arrested and convicted for the crimes they did. I do NOT want them to spend decades in prison for it. Costing American taxpayers $50 thousand per year - for what - so that we can have our Prison Time Lust? Hell NO! Instead, we should hit them where it hurts - take the monies they have - Totally. When they steal from others and co mingle the funds - they LOSE all the money. The same way a drug dealer cannot benefit from his hotel - that the drug monies acquired.
But, beyond all that - the one group of persons that do belong in jail and to be publicly humiliated, disbarred, monies for salaries paid rescinded and a decade of jail time that they must EARN parole from - are public servants gone wrong.
We all know this crap is going on and it has gotten so big, so out of control - we feel hopeless. They are taking the path of least resistance - our laxity/ apathy - and bashing us over the head towards oblivion.
Those who betray the public trust - Any Judge, Prosecutor etc - who has done a bad faith act, betraying their oath and benefiting by career advance or worse. These are the true slimes. They are the SOLE reason that Lehman, Goldman Sachs, Bain, Bank of America and so many others can get away with massive larceny and frauds. Corruption of the public's office of duty is the true wickedness. Their failures are bankrupting our country - without remorse or relent. But hey, Kozlowski's parole was denied.
Thus, your desire for justice in America is satisfied - Correct!