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Join Occupy the SEC in Urging the Congress to Oppose H.R. 4002 ("Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015")

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PETITION TO OPPOSE H.R. 4002 (?Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015?)

As your constituent, I am requesting that you OPPOSE H.R. 4002 (?The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015?).

Congress is currently considering several bills that would overhaul and improve our criminal justice system by reducing mandatory minimum sentences and promoting rehabilitation instead of punishment. The push for criminal justice reform enjoys both bipartisan support and popular support among the American populace.

Unfortunately, the Koch Brothers and their cronies are trying to latch onto this momentum for their own purposes. The House is currently considering the Koch-backed H.R. 4002 (sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI-5]), a bill that which would serve as a ?Get Out of Jail Free? card for white collar criminals.

The bill would require federal prosecutors to prove that a white collar defendant acted with ?intent? in cases where federal law does not currently specify a required mental state. This means that white collar criminals would be able to evade punishment for a host of crimes, EVEN IF they acted with negligence, gross negligence, or recklessness.

Federal prosecutors already face grave difficulty is proving ?intent? for corporate misdeeds because culpable criminal conduct is often hidden deep within the corporate veil, underneath layers of management, boards and bureaucracy. The Great Recession of 2008 is a telling example of federal prosecutors' inability to punish corporate wrongdoing. Malfeasance on Wall Street produced a financial crisis that extinguished nearly 40% of family wealth from 2007 to 2010, pushing the household net worth back to 1992 levels. Despite these appalling statistics, not even ONE executive at a major Wall Street bank was criminally charged for playing a role in the 2008 global financial collapse. Everyday Americans were forced to pay the price for rampant speculation, mismanagement and fraud on Wall Street.

H.R. 4002 would make it even more difficult for prosecutors to punish white collar crime. And criminals would be emboldened to take further advantage of shareholders, employees, consumers, and the public.

Even the Department of Justice, which has been notoriously lax in prosecuting white collar criminals, has lambasted H.R. 4002, observing that the bill would weaken countless federal statutes that currently protect the public from dangers like unsafe food and medicine.

We need you to stand in favor of the American people not corporate America. Please oppose H.R. 4002.
Public Comments
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Arlington Heights, IL signed.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Reno, NV writes:
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Congressman Amodei, The requirement in HR 4002 that federal criminal statutes with no mens rea element must now include a minimum "knowing" state of mind would allow someone who developed a piece of property that sat on methane gas produced by rotting vegetation to sell the houses and walk away, leaving the homeowners to pay for remediation. The reason for a strict liability standard is that no real criminal penalty applies and proving a knowing state of mind is very difficult. The defendant is strictly liable because he was in a better position to know of the hazard than are the home buyers, the defendant reaped a significant reward and the home buyers will be left with the consequences. Strict liability in regulatory cases serves a justifiable societal purpose. And it is a radical departure from stare decisis to essentially eliminate strict liability from our criminal statutes. I wonder who gets made well by the inclusion of this change to our criminal statutes?
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Arlington, VA writes:
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We need a STRONGER Justice Department that actually prosecutes illegal activity by people. This bill goes in the opposite direction, and I oppose it.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Tallmadge, OH writes:
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Our politicians should not be in bed with white collar criminals by slapping them on the wrist for their crimes. We need hard time, long sententeces, and real justice. There is a double standard in America, and I ask you, do you support white collar criminals by allowing them to subvert the law? The 99% need ot know that real justice exists in the U.S. Which side are you on?
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from New York, NY writes:
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We can ill afford to further the inequities in our justice system or the perception that different laws apply to the mighty compared to everyone else.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from New York, NY writes:
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We can ill afford to further the inequities in our justice system or the perception that different laws apply to the mighty compared to everyone else.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Seattle, WA writes:
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We need those white collar folks to remember there used to be a rule of law in this country! Keep 'em in there, in solitary if possible! They are hideously contagious
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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The SEC is a corrupt agency with a revolving door to the big law firms. Partners pick who goes in it and make them partners when they come out.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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To repeat, this bill is no improvement. Genuine reforms are still required. This is not one.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Oberlin, OH writes:
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Holder was such a disappointment. It is time, past time, to hold the crooks accountable.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Hayward, CA writes:
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Prosecutions of financial transgressions are one activity where excess zeal is NOT an issue. Please reorganize this bill so that penalties are scaled according to the potential financial gain accruing to the perpetrator.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Sharon, MA writes:
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End Too Big To Jail
Nov 19th, 2015
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