London-based oil giant plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties.The judge said the $4 billion criminal settlement is ‘‘just punishment’’ for BP, even though the company could have paid far more without going broke. Chances are BP will write off the fine as a tax deduction and then it will be business as usual.
Lying during the course of an investigation is often a charge called obstruction of an investigation. No one at BP was so charged even though it was proven to have happened. ‘…BP agreed in November to plead guilty to charges involving the workers’ deaths and for lying to Congress about the size of the spill from its broken well, which spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil….’
Meanwhile, there are hundreds of thousands non-violent offenders doing time in the jails and prisons of the nation. Their fate is a life sentence of political disenfranchisement, reduced economic opportunity and most likely a life of addictions. ]$4b fine OK’d by judge in BP spill