Today's tale of American Justice involves the one year prison sentence and $250,000 fine imposed on Don Blankenship, former Massey Energy Co. CEO, for conspiring to violate federal mine safety and health laws. Blankenship's malfeasance led to the deaths of 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion.
One year in jail, and a quarter of a million dollars for the deaths of twenty-nine employees? A poor black kid caught possessing pot faces much stiffer penalties... and it's important to note that this was the maximum penalty which could be imposed on Blankenship. This is yet another example of the Golden Rule as it exists in American legislation and jurisprudence... whoever has the gold makes the rules.
No word on whether or not Blankenship took out dead peasant insurance on his employees.