1. What happened to Dasani?
Remember Dasani Coates?
She’s the homeless Brooklyn girl whose plight the New York Times’ Andrea Elliott chronicled in a moving series of Times features last December. The last we heard about Dasani in the Times was this February 21 follow-up by Elliott and Rebecca R. Ruiz. They reported that New York City officials had decided to move 400 families, including Dasani’s, out of the squalid shelter where she had been living and into rent-supported apartments.
What’s happened since? One would think that with all the attention Dasani received -- much of it focused on how intelligent, articulate and determined she was in the face of unspeakable adversity -- that she might have been recruited by now into a prestige private school or otherwise showered with attention and even donations that would have dramatically improved her circumstances.
Is that true? What about her parents and siblings? And what about the trust fund established for the family following Elliott’s series?
2, Credit Suisse and corporate guilty pleas:
I’ve never been able to understand how corporations can be convicted or allowed to plead guilty to a crime. Corporations don’t do good things or bad things. People, including people running corporations, do.
And the fundamental purposes of a criminal justice system are deterrence and punishment. Only people, not corporate seals or buildings, can be deterred. And the only people punished when a corporation is fined are the shareholders -- who presumably had nothing to do with the crime