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May 7, 2021

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Letter: Justice is lacking


What an interesting, though inadvertent, commentary I found buried in The Columbian’s back pages, beneath, as they say, the fold. It seems that a couple of people named Brady were caught trying to cheat on their income taxes. (“Two who shielded $3.8 million in income tax evasion case sentenced,” The Columbian, May 1). They failed to pay $1.4 million each in taxes by lying and cheating from 2008 through 2015.

The government was outraged. “Naughty, naughty, naughty,” it tutted, giving them each a firm smack on the wrist. “Don’t ever do that again!” And to show them how angry it was the government sentenced the convicted couple to (gasp) pay the $1.4 million they each owed and (double gasp) serve three years of probation.

Yes, probation. That’ll teach ’em. I presume that these big-money cheats have been given strict instructions not to enjoy anything during the three years in question.

If I tried to steal $1.4 million, would I get probation? I doubt it. Our prisons are full of people doing time in jail for minor offenses. What most of them lacked was an expensive lawyer. What a sad illustration — and commentary — on America’s vaunted “Equal Justice for All” system.

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