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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 Orford, NH writes:
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Our entire economy was nearly destroyed by white collar criminals, and none of the responsible parties have paid the price. The "criminal code improvement act" greatly improves the odds that they never will.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Baltimore, MD signed.
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Someone from Oviedo, FL writes:
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White collar criminals collectively do more damage to society, yet face lighter sentences for most of their crimes, if they are sentenced at all due to their privileged status in society. It's time to end the two- tier justice system and bring justice to big-time thieves who are happy to throw away the key on petty criminals.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Chino, CA writes:
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Someone have a rope?
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Someone from New York, NY writes:
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As that great social scientist Rodney Dangerfield said, "Steal $1000 from a convenience store and you go to jail for 10 years. Steal $100 million and you get hauled before Congress and called bad names for 10 minutes." This bill would institutionalize the status of executives and other high level managers as a protected class, even as citizens are demanding that these officials be held responsible for their actions.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Seattle, WA writes:
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This bill is purely an attempt to prevent any prosecution of white-collar crime. It is already far too common for financial crimes to have no consequences to the perpetrator, even while they have massive negative consequences to others.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Hannibal, MO writes:
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That bill is scary. Thanks for bringing it to light. Oppose the TPP, too.
Nov 19th, 2015
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Nov 18th, 2015
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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Why should whit collar criminals get off free
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