UPDATE MAY 31, 2018
Our cert petition
to the Supreme Court is out. If you're an attorney (or have attorneys on your staff) and you want to help, please contact me
Can a corporation throw you in prison?
Most people would agree that the US has two legal systems- a civil system that allows one private interested party to sue another private interested party, with only their two interests in mind, and a criminal system that allows the government to prosecute an individual, with society's best interest in mind.
But where does one leave off and the next begin? Certainly, an individual can be both civilly and criminally prosecuted for the same acts (remember OJ?). But did you know that in the gray area on the border between civil and criminal prosecution is a completely third animal? It's a harbinger of an emerging dystopia, where corporations are
the law, and it's arrived in America.
We'll call it the civil-criminal hybrid
. This is where an interested party gets to file criminal charges against another interested party, and they can derive an unbelievable amount of financial benefit from this arrangement, with almost no financial risk, and upsides well in excess of what they could have ever hoped to gain from a civil case.
Say you run a corporation, and you have a financial dispute with a customer. You say they owe you money, and they say they don't. Say who's right is all a matter of interpretation of a contract between the two of you, one you wrote and they never signed. If you were to civilly sue them, you'd have to pay for attorneys and court costs, and if you lose the case, potentially the defendant's legal fees. Even if successful, your defendant may be too poor to pay a judgment, or too financially sophisticated, and everybody knows it.
But what if you play the victim, and claim, fraudulently, that they defrauded you of the money, to the FBI? You nag the feds for months, shop around a few different FBI offices, keep on cherry-picking the evidence that helps you make a case and burying the evidence that blows a hole in it. As soon as you get them interested, now they pay all the legal fees, you provide the evidence, and you get to ride the wave of the force of the Department of Justice. Now instead of a dickless civil dispute, you can throw the other guy in prison for decades to make your point, all on the government's dime. Even as they catch you breaking the law in your enthusiasm, they'll look the other way because you're on their
side. What's your upside? Everything you want to say they owe you, restitution
, backed by the full force of the US government. What's the government's upside? A double dip called forfeiture
, so the government can get more money for its own operations.
You may think that this is some third-world shit, but it isn't. Not anymore.
SEE THE EVIDENCE HERE
IT HAPPENED TO ME.
A YEAR AND A DAY IN PRISON. $100K I HAVE TO PAY THE CORPORATION. ANOTHER $100K I HAVE TO PAY THE GOVERNMENT.
YOU ARE NOT SAFE.