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June 20, 2010

"Counting Victims and Multiplying Counts: Business Robbery, Faux Victims, and Draconian Punishment"

The title of this post is the title of this intriguing new piece by Harry Caldwell and Jennifer Allison available here via SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

This Article offers a 50-state survey of robbery statutes, specifically examining the charging and sentencing regimes for the robbery of a business during which multiple people, including employees and customers, are threatened.  It begins by presenting a historical overview of the crime of robbery, focusing specifically on the robbery of a business.  Then, the survey results are described, and specific problems related to multiplicity of punishment are discussed.  Finally, a reasonable and ideal model of business robbery jurisprudence is offered -- one that focuses on punishing the defendant proportionally to the severity of the crime committed, and that furthers the intention of criminal law to protect innocent people for the benefit of society.

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If economic damages exceed $6 million, including drops in real estate values, decrease in business to the store, costs of arrests, trials, incarceration, the criminal should be executed. All the enablers, and immunizers of this criminal should also be executed, since they are the really responsible ones.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 20, 2010 11:22:36 PM

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