Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Spring Fund Drive: Keep CounterPunch Afloat
CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight Trump and his enablers on both sides of the aisle. Every dollar counts!
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

If Chris Wallace Asks About Street Crime He Should Also Ask About Corporate Crime

Pity Chris Wallace.

The Fox News anchor will be the moderator for the final Presidential debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

He’s now being inundated by friends, relatives, colleagues, people he doesn’t even know saying — ask the Hillary this, ask the Trump that.

And of course, Chris Wallace will ask what he deems newsworthy.

But if he asks about street crime, he should also ask about corporate crime, which has been widely ignored during the Presidential campaign.

This despite the fact that corporate crime and violence inflicts far more damage on society that all street crime combined.

And guessing that his staff at Fox News does not have a deep file on corporate crime, as a public service, Corporate Crime Reporter presents here some possible questions Chris Wallace might consider asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Even corporate crime defense attorneys admit that corporate crime prosecutors at the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are being starved for funds and that increasing their budgets is the quickest way to deter corporate crime. Would you substantially increase the budgets of the corporate crime police and prosecutors?

Every year, the FBI puts out a Crime in the United States report. Unfortunately, this report for the most part ignores corporate and white collar crime and focuses almost exclusively on street crime. Would you require the Justice Department to put out a companion Corporate Crime in the United States report?

The prosecution of corporate crime in America often ends up with no fault settlements. These include deferred and non prosecution agreements brought by the Justice Department and neither admit nor deny consent decrees brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

If elected President, would you encourage your prosecutors to require either guilty pleas by the Justice Department or admissions by the Securities and Exchange Commission in cases of serious wrongdoing that involve law violations?

Even in cases of serious wrongdoing that involve law violation, top executives of major American corporate criminals are rarely prosecuted. No top executive from a major bank went to prison in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. No top BP executive in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Would you demand such prosecutions in these types of cases?

More than 4,500 workers die every year from preventable workplace incidents, with 50,000 more succumbing to work-related illnesses. That means that on an average day in America, 13 workers die on the job, thousands are injured and 150 succumb to diseases they obtained from exposure to carcinogens and other toxic and hazardous substances while they worked.

The maximum period of incarceration upon conviction for a violation that costs a worker’s life is six months in jail, making these crimes a misdemeanor. Criminal penalties under federal occupational safety law are inadequate for deterring the most egregious employer wrongdoing.

Do you agree that serious violations of the worker health and safety laws that result in death or serious bodily injury should be felonies like insider trading, tax crimes, customs violations and antitrust violations?

In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky wrote that what man feared most was “taking a new step, uttering a new word.”

Overcome your fears, Chris Wallace.

Utter the words — corporate crime and violence.

Name names — HSBC. Wal-Mart. General Motors. Volkswagen. Wells Fargo. BP. JP Morgan Chase. UBS. Massey Energy. Halliburton.

Be strong.

Will be watching on Wednesday.

More articles by:

Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter..

May 23, 2018
Nick Pemberton
Maduro’s Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times
Ben Debney
A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis
Deepak Tripathi
A Bloody Hot Summer in Gaza: Parallels With Sharpeville, Soweto and Jallianwala Bagh
Farhang Jahanpour
Pompeo’s Outrageous Speech on Iran
Josh White
Strange Recollections of Old Labour
CJ Hopkins
The Simulation of Democracy
stclair
In Our Age of State Crimes
Dave Lindorff
The Trump White House is a Chaotic Clown Car Filled with Bozos Who Think They’re Brilliant
Russell Mokhiber
The Corporate Domination of West Virginia
Ty Salandy
The British Royal Wedding, Empire and Colonialism
Laura Flanders
Life or Death to the FCC?
Gary Leupp
Dawn of an Era of Mutual Indignation?
Katalina Khoury
The Notion of Patriarchal White Supremacy Vs. Womanhood
Nicole Rosmarino
The Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year: Christine Canaly
Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
“Michael Inside:” The Prison System in Ireland 
May 22, 2018
Stanley L. Cohen
Broken Dreams and Lost Lives: Israel, Gaza and the Hamas Card
Kathy Kelly
Scourging Yemen
Andrew Levine
November’s “Revolution” Will Not Be Televised
Ted Rall
#MeToo is a Cultural Workaround to a Legal Failure
Gary Leupp
Question for Discussion: Is Russia an Adversary Nation?
Binoy Kampmark
Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton’s Libya Solution
Doug Johnson
As Andrea Horwath Surges, Undecided Voters Threaten to Upend Doug Ford’s Hopes in Canada’s Most Populated Province
Kenneth Surin
Malaysia’s Surprising Election Results
Dana Cook
Canada’s ‘Superwoman’: Margot Kidder
Dean Baker
The Trade Deficit With China: Up Sharply, for Those Who Care
John Feffer
Playing Trump for Peace How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad
Peter Gelderloos
Decades in Prison for Protesting Trump?
Thomas Knapp
Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State
Andrew Stewart
What the Providence Teachers’ Union Needs for a Win
Jimmy Centeno
Mexico’s First Presidential Debate: All against One
May 21, 2018
Ron Jacobs
Gina Haspell: She’s Certainly Qualified for the Job
Uri Avnery
The Day of Shame
Amitai Ben-Abba
Israel’s New Ideology of Genocide
Patrick Cockburn
Israel is at the Height of Its Power, But the Palestinians are Still There
Frank Stricker
Can We Finally Stop Worrying About Unemployment?
Binoy Kampmark
Royal Wedding Madness
Roy Morrison
Middle East War Clouds Gather
Edward Curtin
Gina Haspel and Pinocchio From Rome
Juana Carrasco Martin
The United States is a Country Addicted to Violence
Dean Baker
Wealth Inequality: It’s Not Clear What It Means
Robert Dodge
At the Brink of Nuclear War, Who Will Lead?
Vern Loomis
If I’m Lying, I’m Dying
Valerie Reynoso
How LBJ initiated the Military Coup in the Dominican Republic
Weekend Edition
May 18, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Andrew Levine
The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi
Robert Fisk
How Long Will We Pretend Palestinians Aren’t People?
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail