- Analyzing industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment.
- Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case
- Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Critics Rip GM Deferred Prosecution Agreement in Engine Switch Case
“It is unconscionable that a giant corporation can conceal information about deadly safety defects for a decade, be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people as a result and escape any criminal liability based only on a corporate fine and a promise not to do wrong again in the future. It is equally unconscionable that none of the executives inside General Motors responsible for this disaster are going to be held criminally accountable, as now appears to be the case.” --Public Citizen’s Rob Weissman
Editor, Corporate Crime Reporter
September 17th, 2015 | General Motors will pay $900 million, enter into a deferred prosecution agreement and accept a monitor for three years as part of a settlement of allegations that it failed to disclosed a faulty engine switch in GM automobiles that resulted in 124 deaths.
That’s according to the deferred prosecution agreement, and a lengthy statement of facts detailing GM’s criminal wrongdoing.
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Part 2: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction
A review of Why Not Jail? ~ Rena Steinzor
The Center for Progressive Reform
The U.S. Department of Justice is under fire for failing to prosecute banks that caused the 2008 economic meltdown because they are too big to jail. Prosecutors have long neglected to hold corporate executives accountable for chronic mistakes that kill and injure workers and customers. This book, the first of its kind, analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. From the Texas City refinery explosion to the Upper Big Branch mine collapse to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and extending to incidents of food and drug contamination that have killed or injured hundreds, the root causes of these preventable disasters include crimes of commission and omission. Although federal prosecutors have made a start on holding low-level managers liable, far more aggressive prosecution is appropriate as a matter of law, policy, and justice. In accessible and jargon-free language, CPR President Rena Steinzor recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels.
The Center for Progressive Reform is a nonprofit research and educational organization with a network of Member Scholars working to protect health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary. The organization's 50+ Member Scholars -- working academics at institutions of higher learning across the United States -- provide research, analysis and commentary on a range of issues related to the environment, health and safety.
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