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Why BP isn’t a criminal

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | November 16, 2012

The Justice Department just entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with the giant oil company BP. BP plead guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion over the next five years. This is loony. Mind you, I’m appalled by the carelessness and indifference of the BP executives … Continue reading »

A tale of two Joes: Captain America and America’s toughest sheriff

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | December 20, 2011

The Obama-Holder Justice Department’s full-scale legal challenge to the man who has long called himself “America’s Sheriff” (read Marc Lacey’s reporting in the NYTimes here) is another indicator that the war on crime is continuing to wane, both in the commitment of federal and state budget to crime control activities, and in the ideological grip … Continue reading »