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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
Dec 3rd, 2015
Someone from Albany, NY writes:
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H.R. 4002 is not a measure which defends the common good.
Dec 3rd, 2015
Someone from Albany, NY writes:
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I learned as a kid that "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." That should apply with particular force to self-appointed Masters of the Universe.
Dec 3rd, 2015
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Dec 2nd, 2015
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Dec 1st, 2015
Someone from Jackson, MI writes:
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This is a bad bad thing for the American people. They should be ashamed.
Nov 30th, 2015
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Nov 29th, 2015
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Nov 29th, 2015
Someone from Woodstock, GA writes:
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These people need to be prosecuted.
Nov 29th, 2015
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Nov 29th, 2015
Someone from Bronx, NY writes:
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Start an investigation now; someone is afraid of getting caught for white collar crimes most likely already being committed!
Nov 29th, 2015
Someone from Fredericksburg, TX writes:
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FASCISM .... WHERE CORPORATIONS STEAL OR CONTROL EVERY THING... AIDED BY VENAL POLITICIANS.... WELCOME TO THE NEW AMERIKA.... WHERE UR PRESENCE IS MERELY TOLERATED.
Nov 29th, 2015
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Nov 28th, 2015
Someone from Pompano Beach, FL writes:
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Stop legalising white collar criminal activity. SEC should do their job and start enforcing existing laws against the criminal class running the too big to fail banks and their executives.
Nov 28th, 2015
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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We need reform that will help the working class and the poor! HR 4002 is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Nov 28th, 2015
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Nov 27th, 2015
Someone from Murrieta, CA writes:
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White cooler criminals must be held accountable too!!!!
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