Is this fair?

United States
January 26, 2007 10:37am CST
A rich man and a poor man commit the same crime. The rich man is fined 10,000 dollars while the poor man is sent to jail for 1 year. Is this fair?
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
26 Jan 07
No, it's not fair. Another example of the rich being able to buy their way out of anything. Of course, if the poor man was offered a sentence to pay the $10,000 fine and was unable to do so, he may have been re-sentenced to a year in prison. But I believe that the original sentence should be the same, regardless of the social status of the criminal.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
That is a good observation laurie, we don't know by what is stated whether the poor man was offered the option of a fine or not. Yes, I too believe that the orginal sentence should be equal.
• United States
26 Jan 07
of course it's not fair! People with money get off so easy! Look at all the celebrities who get away with everything...EVEN murder! OJ Simpson for one, Paris Hilton and drunk driving for another. Can't think of anymore off the top of my head, but they are out there. It's ridiculous!
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• United States
26 Jan 07
Mike Tyson, Kobe Bryant, Robert Downy Jr, Darryl Strawberry, Michael Jackson...the list goes on and on. Seems celebrities can commit crimes that would land you or I in jail!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I think the list is just about endliss. These are just some of the people we here about. What about all these other people that we don't see in the news. It is totally rediculous. I have never figured out how paying money for a crime instead of the appropriate punishment could ever be fair to anyone. Grrrr this makes me so mad, I have to move on now before I start a big rant...lol
• United States
27 Jan 07
well, how could i forget about michael jackson and robert downey jr...??? LOL yep, there are so many out there that do things against the law..no matter how big or how small the offense is and they pay some money or get some high priced lawyer with unlimited resources and they can get by with it all
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
26 Jan 07
No it's not fair. I wasn't even going to respond because the whole idea of it sickens me. I know first hand just how unfair it is. I had two friends get in trouble being idiots they broke into an office building and stole some whiskey adn other stupid stuff...good idea. Well anyway one was from a wealthy family and paid a fine. The other had to spend 20 days in jail and do 60 hours of community service, not to mention the embarassment of not being able to pay his way out. I think if you can do the crime you should do the time...no matter how much money you have.
• United States
26 Jan 07
Yes, you are so right. How come the first guy/girl didn't have to do community service? That sure wasn't fair. Too wealthy to be seen out doing community service no doubt. I like the quote, "If you can do the crime you should do the time." That is a new one for me...really says it all!
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@armywifey (883)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Same where ever you go........ Doesn't matter what the crime or where you are in the world its all just a money making scheme. If you can aford to bail yourself out, you can go home, if you cant afford it you end up in a prison cell, what should money matter when your caught of a crime?
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@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
26 Jan 07
Nothing is fair in this world you know it. Is it fair that you throw out the food that you do not want to eat, while other do not have anything to eat? Forget what is fair and what is not, just try to survive. That'S HOW WORLD GOES ON.
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
It might not be fair but it is the way the system is set up the rich guy has the power to get himself out of jail where the poor guy does not have the money to pay the fine. It really sucks but that is what it is.
• United States
27 Jan 07
sadly what you say is true carmat. Also the poor man does not have the money to afford the best attorneys.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Off course that is not fair but if you have money anything could work out for you.
• United States
27 Jan 07
It isn't fair, but that is how this world works. Money is power. That is why we have so many wars. Greed and power. A lot of things are not fair, especially to the middle class people. They suffer the most. Pay all the taxes and have nothing when they are in need. The world evolves around the rich.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
It's been like this forever hasn't it? I for one cannot figure out our justice system. At times it seems just as archaic as when you got sent to a penal colony for stealing a loaf of bread for your starving family.
• United States
26 Jan 07
I think it is very unfair, but it is unfortunate it happens in our society... Rich men can pay for rich lawyers and get off with a lot less than someone who cannot afford it... it is completely not fair
• United States
26 Jan 07
no it's not fair at all. it just goes to show you who can get away with what with a little bit of cash.