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Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition by Thom Hartmann

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CHAPTER 16Unequal Responsibility for Crimen

A wicked big interest is necessarily more dangerous to the community than a wicked little interest.

—Teddy Roosevelt, Ohio Constitutional Convention, 1912

CONSIDER THIS AUGUST 3, 2001, WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING, IN WHICH the editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, Russell Mokhiber, asked a question of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer:

Mokhiber: Ari, the Federal Communications Commission requires that if you’re going to have a broadcast license you have to be of sound moral character. So when you make the application, you have to answer whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony. They are now going after a gentleman in Missouri who’s been convicted of a felony—

Fleischer: Be careful, there ...

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