Priorities USA - Too Big to Jail

  • Aired:  05/23/13
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The Obama administration's legal priorities tilt towards unusually harsh punishments for misdemeanor crimes, yet ignore the perpetrators of the financial meltdown. (4:35)

(LAUGHTER)

NATIONAL SECURITY OVERREACH?

WHAT OTHER GROUPS HAVE THE FEDS

PRIORITIZED FOR SCRUTINY?

>> COMPUTER HACKER WHO BROKE

INTO ONLINE ACCOUNTS OF

CHRISTINA AGUILERA SENTENCE

MONDAY TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON.

>> MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE RIGHT

NOW CRACKING DOWN ON LEGAL

DISPENSARIES.

>> A SECOND MAN ACCUSED OF

HACKING AT&T SERVERS AND

STEALING DATA NOW FACING

CONSPIRACY AND IDENTITY THEFT

CHARGES.

>> THE F.B.I. GOING AFTER

HACKERS.

MORE THAN 40 SEARCH WARRANTS ON

USPECTS WHO MAY HAVE HACKEDS

INTO MASTERCARD, VISA, AND

PAYPAL.

>> JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND

PROSECUTORS SAY A HACKER USED

THE INFO SABOTAGE A STORY ON THE

"L.A. TIMES" WEB SITE.

HE COULD GET UP TO 25 YEARS IN

PRISON.

>> Jon: WHAT THE (BLEEP)?

(LAUGHTER)

SO THAT'S WHAT THE D.O.J. IS UP

TO.

THEY'RE GOING AFTER POT HEADS

AND HACKERS.

BASICALLY IF YOU COULD BE PLAYED

IN THE MOVIE BY KEVIN SMITH --

(LAUGHTER).

-- THE FEDS WOULD LIKE A WORD

WITH YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

ALL RIGHT.

SO AT THIS POINT --

(APPLAUSE).

AT THIS POINT ADMINISTRATION

PRIORITIES SEEM TO BE TILTED

TOWARDS UNUSUALLY HARSH

PUNISHMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS

WHOSE CRIMES DON'T REALLY SEEM

TO MERIT THEM.

HAVE THEY HAD ANYTHING TO OFFER

ON SLIGHTLY LARGER FISH?

>> LET ME MAKE IT VERY CLEAR

THAT THERE IS NO BANK, THERE'S

NO INSTITUTION, THERE'S NO

INDIVIDUAL WHO CANNOT BE

INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED BY

THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE.

>> Jon: YES!

THE INSTITUTIONS THAT NEARLY

BROKE THE WORLD.

HOW'S THAT BANK PROSECUTION

GOING, BY THE WAY?

>> MORE THAN FOUR YEARS SINCE

THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF 2008,

THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS OF

THINK SENIOR WALL STREET

EXECUTIVES.

>> Jon: NO ARRESTS.

YOU SEE HOW SAD THAT MADE THE

VOICEOVER GUY?

(LAUGHTER)

(AS VOICEOVER GUY)

THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS AS

ANYBODY!

WHY NOT?

WHY HAVEN'T YOU ARRESTED THOSE

GUYS?

NONE OF THEM BOUGHT POT?

AND IF THEY DIDN'T BUY POT

THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE THEY BLEW

ALL THEIR MONEY ON COCAINE!

(LAUGHTER)

WHY HAVEN'T YOU GONE AFTER THEM?

WHAT ARE THEY TOO BIG TO JAIL?

>> LET ME BE VERY, VERY, VERY

CLEAR: BANKS ARE NOT TOO BIG TO

JAIL IF WE FIND A BANK OR A

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT HAS

DONE SOMETHING WRONG, IF WE CAN

PROVE IT BEYOND A REASONABLE

DOUBT, THOSE CASES WILL BE

BROUGHT.

>> Jon: BEAUTIFUL.

AND THAT'S WHY WHEN HOLDER'S

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PRODUCED A

30-PAGE DOCUMENT SAYING

EXPLICITLY THAT IT COULD PROVE

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT

H.S.B.C. VIOLATED FEDERAL MONEY

LAWS BY FAILING TO MONITOR OVER

$220 TRILLION IN WIRE TRANSFERS

IT MOVED AGGRESSIVELY TO --

STRIKE A DEAL ALLOWING THEM PAY

A FINE EQUAL TO ONE MONTH'S

PROFITS.

SCARED STRAIGHT!

(LAUGHTER)

SO THAT'S WHAT WE FIGURED OUT TO

DO WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF

JUSTICE, TAX FRAUD.

HAY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHAT

OUTSIDE EXPERTS TOLD YOU ABOUT

HOW MUCH DAMAGE PROSECUTING

THESE BIG BANKS WOULD DO.

>> THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS

NOT RECEIVED ANY MATERIAL

INFORMATION FROM OUTSIDE EXPERTS

WHEN MAKING PROSECUTORIAL

DECISIONS IN CASES INVOLVING

LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

>> FIRST OF ALL --

(LAUGHTER).

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

-- I AM SORRY THAT YOU HAD TO

LEAVE YOUR PROM TO COME TO DO

THIS.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT SECOND OF ALL, SO THEY

DIDN'T EVEN GET INFORMATION

ABOUT WHAT TWO BIG TO JAIL EVEN

MEANS?

TOO BIG TO JAIL WAS REALLY TOO

HARD TO KNOW?

I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT

NOT ONE PERSON WENT TO PRISON

FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE WHOLE

FINANCIAL CRISIS.

ISN'T THERE ANYBODY?

JUST ONE GUY?

>> CHARLIE ENGEL WENT TO PRISON

FOR HIS ROLE IN THE FINANCIAL

CRISIS.

>> Jon: WHAT IS WITH THE

(BLEEP)ING BOW TIE?

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN, THANK YOU.

WHO IS CHARLIE ENGEL?

WHAT IS HE SOME WALL STREET

WHEELER DEALER BIG-TIME BANKER?

>> HE DIDN'T WORK HERE ON WALL

STREET.

HE WAS NOT A BIG-TIME BANKER.

HE WAS CONVICTED OF DOING

SOMETHING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

OF OTHER AMERICANS LIKELY DID

DURING THE HOUSING BOOM: HE

EXAGGERATED HIS INCOME ON HIS

MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS.

>> Jon: PRIORITIES U.S.A.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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