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Time to Crack Down on Recidivist Banks Instead of Slapping Wrists

Protesters demonstrating against the influence of bankers and FINANCIERS in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin on Oct. 15, 2011. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Protesters demonstrating against the influence of bankers and FINANCIERS in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin on Oct. 15, 2011. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Ordinarily, people face far greater punishment each time they are caught committing another crime. Federal sentences for recidivists go up dramatically. But like green-shaded Teflon...




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