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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.
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Nov 23rd, 2015
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Nov 23rd, 2015
Someone from Southgate, MI writes:
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As a victim of the New England Compounding Center, this bill makes me sick! Corporate people make money off of you and killed 76 people, and sickened hundreds and the government thinks this is O.K. Shame on our Government! They should be helping people who have been harmed by this one Corporation instead of passing a bill that would make it O.K. for them to go free and allow this horrible medical disaster to happen again!
Nov 23rd, 2015
Someone from Parsippany, NJ signed.
Nov 23rd, 2015
Someone from Port Jefferson Station, NY writes:
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Maybe Congress can require mindreaders to be in court at all times along with stenographers? Why would you ever require proof of intent for crimes such as fraud or other acts of wanton financial negligence, unless it is the intention of the legislative sponsor that all acts of financial fraud should be allowed in future human and entrepreneurial behavior?
Nov 22nd, 2015
Someone from San Bernardino, CA writes:
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This country is in so much trouble.
Nov 22nd, 2015
Someone from Silver Point, TN writes:
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Shame on the members of congress once again who fail to protect the American people from recourse related to failed governance and downright dishonest behavior. Enough already!!
Nov 22nd, 2015
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Nov 22nd, 2015
Someone from Pontiac, MI writes:
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The idea of this bill is infuriating and insulting. My mother was killed by corporate criminals at the New England Compounding Center along with 75 others. Thousands were severely injured and there are no treatments for most of the injuries. These people will be in constant debilitating pain for the rest of their lives. This bill would protect people who blatantly break the law and kill people. It is wrong.
Nov 22nd, 2015
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Nov 21st, 2015
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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Enough is enough. The so called "white collar" criminals, the banksters who practice fraud, manipulate and deceive for the gain of themselves at the expense of poor, working_&_middle class people must be held accountable. Some must go to jail.
Nov 21st, 2015
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Someone from Albuquerque, NM writes:
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I am a retiree who invests for a living and I oppose letting corporate fraudsters off the hook.
Nov 21st, 2015
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Nov 21st, 2015
Someone from Carbondale, IL writes:
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i oppose H.R. 4002, and i would like to see politicians start working for the people, and not big money !
Nov 21st, 2015
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