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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 19th, 2015
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Someone from Portland, OR writes:
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White collar crime is not victimless, they should be punished and punished severely.
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Someone from Beulah, MI writes:
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no get out of jail free card for corporate criminals please
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Someone from Westminster, CA writes:
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The Federal Government has a responsibility to it's citizens. Passing something this ridiculous will only hurt us more. This "improvement" is only for the rich, to allow them to get away with crimes. You MUST oppose H.R. 4002
Nov 19th, 2015
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Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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This bill not only subverts the rule of law and principles of basic fairness; in allowing corporate executives to engage in unfair dealing and looting, it creates the circumstances for a more unequal and crisis - prone economy. There can be no plausible justification for this bill, especially at a time when prosecution of ordinary criminals has resulted in the U.S. having the largest criminal population in the world.
Nov 19th, 2015
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The rule of law is worthless if it serves as only a decorative ornament on widespread corruption. The social order is preserved by the faithful observance of rules and laws that do not diminish our humanity. And our humanity is crushed by unbridled greed, corrupt governance and public laws that serve narrow private profiting.
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Someone from Seattle, WA writes:
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This is a terrible perversion of criminal justice reform efforts. Reckless and negligent destruction of citizens' livelihoods NEEDS to remain punishable if there is any hope of honest, average Americans ever ceasing to pay for corporate greed.
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It's time to stop letting the foxes guard the henhouse.
Nov 19th, 2015
Someone from Belmont, MA writes:
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I'm not in favor of diminishing the punishment for white collar criminals. Prison time for financial crimes committed, such as during the 2008 economic lapse, is the only effective punishment for Financial Services industry crimes. Anything less serves that our judicial system is set up to reward white collar upper class crimes with fines, and that time behind bars are only for the under classes. This is not how a healthy Democracy functions. Justice and punishment must be applied in a uniform and measurable way across all criminal classes.
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Someone from Fremont, CA writes:
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STOP SUPPORTING CORPORATE CRIMINALS for your own "payoff". Congress DO YOUR JOB for the people... TIME IS NOW.
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Someone from Bellmore, NY writes:
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White collar criminals are called to account in too few cases. We need you to stand with the people. This is not hard to understand.
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Someone from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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This bill is a strong move in the wrong direction. Given the rampant and systemic criminality in all of finance and complete lack of criminal prosecutions this bill is a clear crony capitalist buy of the sponsoring politicians. This makes or Justice system even more of a joke.