and at 50 I can accept most of them. Somehow the disparity between the prosecution of "the 20th hijacker", Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay is really bothering me!
I understand that the "wheel man" in the bank heist is just as guilty as the inside men when someone dies; I undertand that Moussaoui was part of a conspiracy that killed thousands and hurt thousands more. I have no problem with him serving a life sentence for his part in things; the fact that he himself has said he would rather die so he can become a martyr (of which I have no doubt he will) makes me think that life is the harshest punishment that could be given!
On the radio (NPR) I hear victim impact testimony, lives ripped apart, changed forever, the financial implications, etc..
Yet no one speaks of Skilling or Lay doing life for the damage done by their crimes! Yes, I realize if they get 40 years, perhaps several terms consecutive that it will amount to the same thing. I also know that terms are commuted, that there will be "good behavior", etc., and that if they go to jail they'll probably both be out before I can retire.
Yet they ruined the lives of tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands by the time you follow the ripples out to the edges! How many heart patients or elderly died during the rolling blackouts in California? How many families lost their life savings, their retirement, their futures, their children's futures? How many grandchildren went giftless or perhaps even college-less if their grandparents were like mine?
Pardon my rant...