I want to be proud of this country. I really want to. But when I see things like this in my face I really can't help but just close my eyes, put my hand on my forehead and shake my head. Seriously Let's take two stories:
A homeless man robbed a Louisiana bank and took a $100 bill. After feeling remorseful, he surrendered to police the next day. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
Roy Brown, 54, robbed the Capital One bank in Shreveport, Louisiana in December 2007. He approached the teller with one of his hands under his jacket and told her that it was a robbery.Let that soak in. Just let it soak in. Now compare it with this story...
The teller handed Brown three stacks of bill but he only took a single $100 bill and returned the remaining money back to her. He said that he was homeless and hungry and left the bank.
The next day he surrendered to the police voluntarily and told them that his mother didn’t raise him that way.
Brown told the police he needed the money to stay at the detox center and had no other place to stay and was hungry.
In Caddo District Court, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery.
AIG executive sentenced to 4 years in prison after "stealing" $500 million
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former executive of insurance heavyweight American International Group Inc. was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday in a fraud case that authorities say cost shareholders more than $500 million.
Christian Milton of Wynnewood, Pa., declined to comment during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Hartford. Judge Christopher Droney also fined Milton $200,000 and ordered him to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on March 25.
Lawyers for Milton said they are preparing an appeal.
Am I just too liberal? Am I the only one who realizes that one did far worse damage the than other but is getting a slap on the wrist? Shit. Less than a week ago someone told me they had a gun when they really didn't. I was a victim of a crime and I'm sympathetic to the homeless dude here who claimed to have a gun.
As far as I'm concerned I'm wondering how $500,000,000 fraud only nets you 4 years. Well, then again, we did just go through eight years of the Bush administration. I really should be surprised that someone who just stole $500 million even got jail time at all. Was Dick Cheney getting another fake heart when this AIG fuck went to ask for a pardon?
Click this image. I fucking dare you! Click it and see if your brain doesn't explode!
I know what you're thinking. When passing his sentence, the judge probably gave a lot of weight to the lack of violence and past record for the AIG asshole. Or the fact he hired a lawyer and the hobo had a court appointed one, if one at all.
You can make the argument that the same laws are written for rich and poor people, but you'd have to be blind to think the same laws actually apply. But hey, he said he was homeless and hungry, the nice judge was just giving him a place to sleep and eat for the next 12 years with good behavior. You know, to get him back on his feet...
As the youtube video above shows us from a Lewis Black teaches, there is levels of insanity that the filthy rich are miles ahead in the batshit crazy department than any homeless guy rambling on the street can ever hope and dream to achieve. When you factor in how fuck utterly insanely greedy you have to be to defraud others of $500 million. And then you factor in how much this one homeless guy, who had some moral obligation to go back the next day and give back the $100, Shit, if he was tried under the Federal court like Mr. AIG was, he'd be only up for, at most, one year in prison. federal bank robbery statute:
Subsection (b) outlines the penalties for anyone who takes and carries away, with the intent to steal or purloin, any property or money or any thing of value in the care, custody, control, management, or possession of any bank, credit union, or savings and loan. The maximum penalty for violation of this subsection is a fine and ten years imprisonment if the value of the property exceeds $100. The maximum penalty is a fine and one year imprisonment if the property's value is $100 or less.
Remind me make an excuse to not do jury duty next time I'm summoned.