Would Bankruptcy Protect You from Being Prosecuted for Murder? Then Why Are GM and Its Officers Getting Immunity?



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It should be obvious by now that corporations have more rights than humans in the United States, but GM’s corporate and executive immunity from civil and criminal liability and prosecution for putting shareholder value ahead of safety is mind boggling; that there is even a debate about this is insane:

“GM is a different legal entity than the one that filed the 2009 bankruptcy that shook the U.S. economy. The so-called new GM is not responsible under the terms of its bankruptcy exit for legal claims relating to incidents that took place before July 2009. Those claims must be brought against what remains of the ‘old’ or pre-bankruptcy GM.

“But the proposed class action, filed in federal court in California, said plaintiffs should be allowed to sue over the pre-bankruptcy actions, ‘because of the active concealment by Old GM and GM.’”

If GM is allowed to buy their way out of this mess by settling out of court and taking no responsibility for the death and misery that they caused, then we know that the status quo of protecting the rich is intact (2). The question is, will this spark light the tinderbox that will begin the dismantling of this inverted totalitarian state, or will we let them get away with murdering innocents to save $1 per car?

“In recent months GM has recalled millions of cars after acknowledging faulty ignition switches shut down engines and disabled airbags. The defects have been linked to at least 13 deaths and possibly hundreds. Internal GM documents show that the company decided not to change a defective ignition switch redesign in 2005 because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car.”

Ex-Auto Safety Head & Parent of Dead Victim: GM CEOs Should Face Prison for Covering Up Safety Flaws

I’m not sure what the future holds for the United States, but poverty and cruelty for the majority and enrichment of the oligarchy appear to be in the books:

“In terms of types of financial wealth, the top one percent of households have 35% of all privately held stock, 64.4% of financial securities, and 62.4% of business equity. The top ten percent have 81% to 94% of stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and almost 80% of non-home real estate. Since financial wealth is what counts as far as the control of income-producing assets, we can say that just 10% of the people own the United States of America.”

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9 Comments on "Would Bankruptcy Protect You from Being Prosecuted for Murder? Then Why Are GM and Its Officers Getting Immunity?"

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm |

      “Which car company do you work for?”
      “A major one.”

    • Jesus! How do these people sleep at night? I hit a bird on the highway and it bothers me for days; these people let people die horrible deaths and all they can do is count their bonuses.

  1. Jonas Planck | Apr 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm |

    Wait, I have a loophole available to me that allows me to literally KILL people? Oh, boy! I think the war of words just escalated! And all this time I was foolishly assuming that the Constitution limited my personhood to 3/5ths of a person because I’m privately owned! Apparently, not only am I a complete person, but I have MORE rights than actual people do! The first order of business is to kill my owner…

  2. Number1Framer | Apr 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm |

    I owned a 2008 Cobalt and the thing was a piece of junk money-pit that went in for 2 recall repairs (one of them was the power steering occasionally deciding not to work) and the suspension wasn’t even worth fixing because the sway bar bushings just ‘wore out’ every few months at $400 to fix each time…besides all this stuff with the ignition. A quick, cursory Google search will show that mine was not a lemon. It was totaled in December and I was glad to see it go. No more Chevys for me ever…

    • Number1Framer | Apr 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm |

      Sorry. Off topic?

      • Dingbert | Apr 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm |

        No, I think the fact that all American cars are horrible ties in pretty well with the fact that they’re also unequivocally the most likely to be murderous. “Built by the lowest bidder.”

        • American cars are still garbage. I would never own one.
          Some of the new Fords are actually starting to look like decent cars, but I could never trust them enough to actually buy one.

  3. Elaine Meatgrinder | Apr 5, 2014 at 8:00 am |

    It’s the Corptocracy nobody wants, but we all get!!

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