Why Won’t This Country Prosecute Real Criminals- The Elite Criminals?
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Recent financial scandals and the relative paucity of criminal prosecutions inresponse suggest a new reality in the criminal law system: some wrongful actors appear above the law and immune from criminal prosecution. As such, the criminal prosecutorial system affirms much of the wrongdoing giving rise to the crisis. Thisleaves the same elites undisturbed at the apex of the financial sector, and creates perverseincentives for any successors. Further, this undermines the legitimacy of the rule of lawand encourages even more lawlessness among the entire population. These considerationstranscend deterrence as well as retribution as a traditional basis for criminal punishment.Affirmance is far more costly and dangerous with respect to the crimes of powerful elitesthat control large organizations than can be accounted for under traditional nations of deterrence. Few limits are placed on a prosecutor’s discretionary decision about whom to prosecute, and many factors against prosecution are available, especially in resource-intensive white collar crime prosecutions. This article asserts that prosecutors should notexercise that discretion without considering its potential affirmance of crime.
Matt Weidner is known as a persistent, diligent and competent advocate passionate about protecting consumers. First admitted as member to the Florida Bar Association in 1999 he is admitted to practice in the Federal Court, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Weidner has been practicing civil litigation since 1999 and has represented clients in foreclosure, consumer and commercial finance transactions and civil litigation since that time.