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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 21st, 2015
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The BIG problem with BIG White Collar Crime is the difficulty with building a case and putting bad actors behind real bars for hard time even when their bad actions have caused widespread suffering, damage, and loss reaching into the millions in terms of victims and costs. Compared to the plea bargained time served by someone who stole or tried to steal a pack of cigarettes or who murdered only a couple of minding their own business folks. We're all, at least most of us, minding our own business. And we're all being stalked and prayed upon all the time by folks using algorithms to track our every digital click, using robocalls to catch the old and impaired at their weakest moments, talking us into bad deals, putting 80,000 commercial chemicals into our human habitats 24/7/365 (many ending up in our bodies and even in placental blood and breast milk including neurotoxins), etc. An endless and ever increasing list of poisonings, destruction, ruined lives, chronic and debilitating health problems -- endless. Because of their talents, connections, and money, THESE criminals have so much to offer in terms of public benefit. How can we lock up some of our brightest and best? On the other hand, how can we let them of lightly for the damage they've done to us, to future generations, not just locally but sometimes even globally, acquiring riches that others seek by following their examples.
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this bill is disgraceful
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I trust that you do oppose this pernicious legislation, so my signature is more in the nature of: please stand strong, thank you!
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OCCUPY BANKSTERS
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Parasites eventually eat their host and die.
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Someone from Boca Raton, FL writes:
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Do MORE to stop BANKSTERS...not LESS...I WANT TO SEE A BANK CEO DO A PERP WALK BY 2017 (before the Federal Statute of Limitations runs out...)! Criminal Banks are run by CRIMINALS committing CRIMES! If you accept a HUGE BONUS for running a company, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPANY'S ILLEGAL ACTIONS...PERIOD!
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This is corruption writ large, once again.
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