This week from the People’s Court in Shijiazhuang, China: in last fall’s milk cut with melamine case that killed six babies and made 300,000 sick – executives were ordered to pay multi-million dollar fines; three death sentences; two life-in-prisons; six terms of five to 15 years; and more cases pending (source: Bloomberg). The judge was not specific as to whether the sentences were a result of babies’ suffering or government embarrassment.
Let’s compare that to American justice in a similar case: the case of the greedy bankers and fund managers who conspired to water down the mother’s milk of main street with a toxic contamination that has resulted in death, hunger, sickness and government embarrassment around the world. I suggest we let the Chinese courts handle these cases. I know. I know. I know that we shouldn’t outsource precious jobs at the time when American attorneys have no real estate deals or junk-bond-funded mergers to close (if the Fed would pay the legal fees in bankruptcy cases, it would go a long way to solving the financial crisis in the legal system). But we-the-people desperately need someone we can blame to get their what’s-coming-to-them and restore our faith that sight has again been removed from the Bush days of “Justice-in-name-only” Department that couldn’t convict terrorists so we jail them for the next administration to deal with, allowed Ken Lay to die of natural causes, upheld Cheney vs. the rest of us, etc.
Eric Holder has yet to be confirmed and we desperately need our Skillings, our Kozlowskis, our Ebbers and our “Scooters.” Sure we have Bernie “Made-Off,” but the chances of his body parts being auctioned on eBay are almost nil. We cry out for justice. We need Nancy Grace to cover the Chinese perp walk of John Thain, no-Angelo Mozilo, Daniel Mudd, Franklin Raines, Richard Syron, John Mack, James Cayne, Richard Fuld, Martin Sullivan, Stan O’Neal, Kerry Killinger, Kennedy Thompson, Charles Prince (quick reference: CEO Crooks) and others in oversight and government way too long to list. We need to believe that justice will be done.
One last note of author’s privilege: I am and will always be anti-death penalty and anti-body-part-mining and don’t really believe we should outsource “justice,” but do imagine that as a society, we would feel better.