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Supreme Court Crusade: Fairness for the Powerful

Updated on August 7, 2007

"Fairness" for the Powerful and the Weak

An op-ed on "The Supreme Court's Crusade: Fairness for the Powerful" in this morning's (10-27-06) NYTimes by Adam Cohen reminded me of an old Colombian saying: "La ley es un perro rabioso que no muerde sino a los de ruana." Translated: "The law is a mad dog that bites only the poor."

Cohen contrasts a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases setting aside punitive damage awards against cigarette companies, insurance companies and other greedy corporate malefactors with it's upholding of a minimum 50-year sentence of Leandro Andrade, a father of three, under California's tough "three strikes' sentencing law, for shoplifting $153.53 worth of video tapes from Kmart. Perhaps "three strikes" should be applied to corporations and their officers.

[Adam Cohen's op-ed is linked below.]

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      Ralph Deeds 10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment! A few jail sentences instead of huge punitive damage awards might be more of a deterrant.

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      DEBASIS 10 years ago from bhubaneswar

      very good topic