ANOTHER VIEW ‌ Scam Artists 

Doesn't justice demand more from people like Al and Dick?

Some things just defy all reason. Like Al Parish's release on a $1 million bond after the Charleston Southern University Economics professor was charged with bilking investors out of more than $50 million. The Parish saga is almost ludicrous. Initially the guy was accused of misappropriating some $134 million. Conveniently, Parish got amnesia. How does one forget about $134 million?

Investigators seeking to recover the money found Parish had all sorts of assets — expensive cars, a house, jewelry, paintings. He obviously never forgot how to spend money. The guy even bought a diamond ink pen.

Parish also has enough memory to realize he needs expert legal advice. He's hired one of the best local defense attorneys around — Andy Savage, who has gotten Parish released on house arrest. Talk about your sweet deals.

The contention is that Parish isn't considered a flight risk and since his alleged crimes are nonviolent, why not let him go home to remember what he's done with all that money?

I'm wondering how this story will ultimately play out. I suspect if found guilty, Parish will get a few years at some minimum security facility and be made to pay restitution.

But of course the money's all gone. So how can he be expected to pay anything back? His stuff will likely be sold off, but speculation is that those losing money in the scam will see only a fraction of their losses.

Reason demands some justice. If Parish is found guilty, should he be jailed? That would mean the fat cat gets to chill out at taxpayers' expense. Presumably he will have lost everything else, so why not his freedom?

Somehow that doesn't seem all that reasonable to me.

Undoubtedly some victims' lives and financial well-being have been ruined. But Parish, if convicted, will probably end up doing a portion of his sentence, be released on parole, write a book, and go back to living the high life.

That's about as unreasonable as Dick Cheney getting rich beyond estimation as he profits from the Iraq War while thousands of young Americans die and the rest of us are forced to pay ever higher prices for gas.

All the while, the Bush/Cheney administration proposes to send even more young Americans to die.

The voice of reason is telling presidential hopefuls — with the exception of John McCain — to oppose sending additional troops to Iraq.

I wonder where their reason was four years ago when they voted to enter this charade. All of a sudden, after 3,400-plus casualties, those jokers want to be reasonable. Give me a break.

The Iraq War, like the Al Parish fiasco, leaves its victims with no resolution. In both instances, there is little hope to recover any losses.

People put their trust in the hands of those of dubious character, expecting something where nothing exists.

In both instances the victims of the Parish and Bush/Cheney scams should have been more critical at the outset.

Parish likely will go to jail for his crimes. It seems only reasonable that the perpetrators of the Iraq crime suffer a similar fate.


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