Comments on: Does jailing executives make much difference? Fri, 30 May 2014 19:54:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: keebo Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:47:45 +0000 I am certain a great sigh of relief has been exhaled by executives who read this article and say – “Oh great, the propaganda machine is going to mollify the public and keep pressure off the politicians and judicial system.” Keep up the good work Bethany.

By: my_screen_name Sun, 27 Jan 2013 04:57:08 +0000 “Does jailing executives make much difference?”

Put the executives in jail and then ask THEM if being in jail makes much difference to them.

By: jklfairwin Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:51:07 +0000 We don’t know because we haven’t done it yet. Does jailing drug dealers work? How about murderers or rapists? Or, more to the point under Obama, how about whistleblowers?

As long as the banksters are allowed to legally bribe Obama and the US Congress, they are immune from prosecution.

If we stopped wasting the resources of the Justice Department chasing low level drug dealers and alien smugglers, we would have plenty of resources to overwhelm any Bank exec no matter how many law firms represent them. I know, I have seen it and done it. Civil lawsuits against them are much more time and resource consuming than criminal prosecutions. The cases against the Goldman – Sachs execs were slam dunk convictions. The US is a government of the banksters, by the banksters and for the banksters.

By: AZreb Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:38:21 +0000 Would it make a difference? Who knows – we haven’t tried it yet and probably never will.

By: Anontwo Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:24:32 +0000 I have yet to see a valid argument for not prosecuting someone if all the evidence points to a prosecutable offense.
Destroying the rule of law is as great a danger to the U.S.A as any outside terrorist threat.

By: ConnieHawkins Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:03:33 +0000 i disagree hugely with Ms. McLean. Even if the bad guys win in court—because the government isn’t able to prove their guilty—that doesn’t mean they’re innocent… so there is a shame factor even when beating the wrap, and even for people who obviously have no shame.
More importantly, there’s also the statement by society that this behavior is not acceptable. Why should it take a private lawsuit to bring out the specifics (names and emails) detailed, for example, in yesterday’s NY Times DealBook (
As a taxpayer, I’d be willing to pay for the government to bring that out, and for it to be on the nightly news instead, of just PBS Frontline.

By: Juillet14 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:48:58 +0000 The independent rule of law demands that where the law has been broken those responsible must be held to account.
If not we no longer have a democracy, we are officially a plutocracy.
This is a cowardly article by Ms. McLean. The sociopathic wanton greed that drove the perpetrators of these crimes must be contagious.
Slip your Louis Vuitton aboard the Gulfstream G550 and head off to Davos to reap your reward.

By: QuietThinker Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:54:16 +0000 The major white collar criminals are smart people who can hire really expensive legal talent. The current sentences are wrist slaps when the ratio of $gained/expected sentence are considered. We need to give the prosecutors the funding to level the playing field and to increase the expectation value of the sentence (probability of conviction * years sentence) to a level that is a real deterrent. Also true life sentences (no club fed, no parole) should be on the table for crimes $10 million and up. Intent should not be a real question for CEOs unless the their high dollar lawyers bamboozle the jury.

By: PseudoTurtle Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:32:17 +0000 Jailing executives is a further waste of our time and money.

These people are recidivists (i.e. repeat offenders).

I suggest we employ instead the tried and true methods that have worked in the past.

The French Revolution comes to mind as an excellent example of what to do with these people.

(For those of you who would argue the French Revolution failed, I would point out that this cannot be a one-time effort, but must be repeated as necessary until the cancer is removed.)

By: UnderRated Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:55:12 +0000 Does jailing execs make a difference? Are you f****** kidding me? Do two wrongs make a right?

Perhaps we should refrain from jailing these ‘job creators’ for other offenses, like murder and rape. We can make a card for them, with security features and photo ID. Whenever they are about to go to jail they can just show the card and, hey, it’s all good. Jail is for poor people, after all.

Or maybe we can make special jails for the rich, with tennis courts and saunas…