In the lead-up to their first debate tonight in Las Vegas, the Democratic presidential candidates have been calling for a tough-on-crime stance by the federal government against major corporations. A new report documenting a precipitous decline in corporate prosecutions could intensify those demands. The analysis by Syracuse University finds that the government’s criminal prosecution of corporations has dropped 29 percent in the past decade -- particularly remarkable as the decline not only followed headline-grabbing scandals at financial, accounting and energy firms but also occurred even as the number of corporate crime cases referred to prosecutors has increased.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.