General Motors won’t be criminally prosecuted

Conservatives claim and, sadly, many recent courts agree, that corporations are like persons, with many of the same attendant rights. But here is a case where a corporation, General Motors, engaged in criminal behavior and it ought to be criminally prosecuted. GM’s defense? It says it shouldn’t be prosecuted because its management is all new. In effect it’s saying you can’t charge us because we’re no longer the same person that committed those crimes. How convenient. This is the very definition of wanting to have it both ways. We’re a “person,” one and the same, with the rights of a person, when that’s helpful to us, but when it’s not helpful, like a chameleon, we become a completely “new” person washed as white as snow.

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