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Last login: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
William Lerach picked a pretty good fight, and yes, he stood up for the little guy.
In the 90s and 2000s, I didn't see too many others out there with the balls to go after incredibly powerful and connected white collar criminals at Enron, Citi, JPMorgan, RBS, AOL TimeWarner -- Ken Lay, Dick Cheney et al-- or stand up to help dismantle the slavery sweat shops of Saipan, which was Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff & Brian Bilbray's 'pure capitalism' love affair.
But Lerach did.
Clearly Mr Lerach made mistakes, and has paid a dear price -- and is not yet done paying.
When the history books are written, generations in the future will note that certain people were singled out, hounded and jailed, while others like Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld walked free -- and wonder at our judicial priorities.
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." Pres. T. Roosevelt.
Mike Copass, KPBS listener
March 16, 2010 at 10:56 p.m.
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