Who pays the fine? Not Michael Corbat, the executive who was paid $14,515,462 in 2016. Jail was never a possibility.HSBC had criminal charges dropped for money laundering. It also had made a profit of $881 million for allowing illegal drugs to flow through the American financial system. One of the world’s biggest lenders was fined and paid $1.9 billion, but again, jail is never an option in our justice system.Why does Congress let these crimes go unpunished? The people have an obligation to demand equal justice. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If the people behave like sheep they will be eaten by wolves.”Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the Capital Region, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to nine years in jail for stealing about $100 worth of clothes. Compare that to the sentence and jail time time received by the oligarchs of the world — whose corporations and banks cheat the innocent public of millions but have too much money and power to ever see a jail cell.Citigroup was fined $11.5 million for cheating mom-and-pop investors by giving them wrong information on 1,800 stocks the company analyzed.
Axios reporter Alexi McCammond shared a story of her encounter with Charles Barkley from Tuesday night in which the NBA analyst reportedly told her, “I don’t hit women, but if I did, I would hit you.”McCammond is a reporter who is covering the 2020 presidential election. She was in Atlanta to cover Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, and she was interviewing Barkley about his support for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Barkley made his comment off the record, but McCammond explained why it was important for her to break that agreement.McCammond also tweeted a photo of Barkley as proof he was there.On Wednesday morning, Barkley sent an apology statement through Turner Sports.Before Barkley’s statement, McCammond sent a series of tweets further explaining why she broke the off-the-record agreement.”I hate being part of a story so here’s a reminder that this is so much bigger than me: nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. It’s not about me or my feelings — though I’m grateful for the many friends who have reached out. But it’s about refusing to allow this culture to perpetuate because of silence on these issues. It’s easier and less awkward to be silent, but that helps NO ONE but the perpetrator. I encourage you to consider how you’d respond if a friend said something similar to what Barkley said tonight. And then challenge yourself to ask the same of yourself if a stranger (or ‘celebrity’) said that. I hope the answers are the same. Everyone should be held accountable.”After McCammond’s tweet started gaining attention, other social media users began to find similarly misogynistic quotes from Barkley’s past. For instance, when the NBA was looking to hire female referees, Barkley said, “This is a man’s game, and it should stay that way.” Another quote of his that gained a lot of attention was something he said in 1990 after a win against the Nets.”This is a game that if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids,” Barkley said at the time. “Did you see my wife jumping up and down at the end of the game? That’s because she knew I wasn’t going to beat her.” Barkley had the same response back then as he does now, claiming it was a bad joke.As for any repercussions for Barkley, it appears he’ll avoid any harsh punishment from Turner Sports. The company’s release Wednesday morning just added Barkley’s statement and made no mention of a potential suspension.UPDATE: Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday night that Barkley will appear on Thursday’s “Inside the NBA” and issue another apology.