A federal judge used his ruling in a corruption case to criticize the federal government for being lenient on criminal corporations.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, of the District of Columbia, put federal prosecutors on blast in an 84-page opinion on Wednesday in a case that approved deferred prosecution for ex-Army contractors that were indicted in a bribery and kickback scheme. In the opinion, he took aim at the government for reaching a similar deal with GM last month over its ignition switch scandal.
Despite the fact that the reprehensible conduct of [GM’s] employees resulted in the deaths of many people, the agreement merely ‘imposes on GM an independent monitor to review and assess policies, practices, and procedures relating to GM’s safety-related public statements, sharing of engineering data, and recall processes’ plus the payment of a $900 million fine.
GM was granted deferred prosecution in a case relating to faulty ignition switches that resulted in 169 deaths. GM, which had knowledge of the defective parts, hid its knowledge of the bad switches and lied to customers. The company agreed to a $900 million fine, and no executive or GM employee ever went to jail.
The federal government has a corrupt relationship with giant corporations and refuses to hold them accountable when they break the law. If giant corporations, like banks, are too big too fail, then perhaps they’re too big to exist also.
For more on this story, visit the Huffington Post “Federal Judge Rips DOJ For Letting Corporate Lawbreakers Off Easy”