BP managers presiding over 2010's devastating gulf oil spill may not be getting off as scot-free as the public once perceived.
...federal prosecutors are considering charging BP managers with involuntary manslaughter or seaman's manslaughter charges (a "more serious penalty of up to 10 years") for sacrificing safety for speed prior to the oil rig accident that killed 11 workers last year.
Jane Barrett, a Maryland law professor and former prosecutor for environmental crime, tells the news service. ... "You’ve got to prosecute the individuals in order to maximize, and not lose, the deterrent effect." [emphasis. mine]
That is something I have long advocated – if the ones in control of the corporation are not personally prosecuted and the corporation picks up the tab and pays the fine then there is no deterrent for them not to continue their reckless or illegal behavior. The ones that should be howling the loudest are the stockholders and the American people who are, in the final analysis, shelling out the money for their fuck ups and naked greed.
These multimillion a year scum have to be held responsible for the damage they caused and the lives they sacrifice for their bottom line, they can't be allowed to hide behind the skirt of their corporate “person”. When you knowingly put people in danger, as the BP execs did, and they are injured or killed that's reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide or manslaughter – they should be tried for 11 deaths.
If some high paid execs spend some serious time in the joint for their actions maybe the next time one of them considers cutting corners and endangering people's lives for the bottom line; the possibility of going to jail may give them pause . The corporate “person” doesn't take coffee breaks, take vacations, use the toilet , make decisions about corporate actions or GO TO JAIL – flesh and blood persons do.
It's hard for me to not be extremely cynical when it comes to what's going on in this country right now.
True that. My outrage meter broke a few years back. I think it's becoming more and more possible that Main St. is going to fill up with legions of pissed off citizens - then Wall St. and K St.
Revolutions have occurred with less provocation than what the American people are now experiencing - break out the pitchforks, torches and hangin' rope.