Target: Ms. Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America
Goal: Support suggested life sentence for man accused of knowingly selling tainted peanut butter.
It seems the United States Government is finally starting to hold corporations accountable for placing corporate profits over the health of their consumers. In a landmark decision, former Peanut Corporation of America owner, Stewart Parnell, was found guilty of knowingly shipping out thousands of peanut butter products that were contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Probation Office has suggested that his crimes warrant a fitting punishment: a life sentence in federal prison.
The trouble began in 2008 when a salmonella outbreak spread out across 46 states, killed 9 people, and led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to begin the largest food recall in American history. This outbreak was traced back to peanut products distributed by Parnell’s company. After an investigation it was found that he was made aware of the contamination and still chose to ship the products out. He was indicted, found guilty, and is now awaiting sentencing.
People are somehow claiming that a life sentence is too harsh a penalty for ultimately causing the deaths of nine people and illness in over 700. Parnell’s attorney claims that Parnell thought the products were safe, ate them himself, and fed them to his grandchildren. Assuming that is even true, ignorance and stupidity are not excuses for negligence. This is about corporate accountability; “I didn’t know any better,” is not an acceptable defense.
More likely than not Parnell was aware that the products were a risk for his consumers and his bottom line if people were to find out. How he did not see this coming is unbelievable, but a life sentence to sit and think about what he has done wrong is more than fitting. After all, it’s difficult to spend all of that money he saved by killing people with contaminated products from prison. Sign here to support this life sentence and ensure that corporations are held accountable for their actions.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
I am writing to commend you for the Department of Justice’s takedown of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell. This man is responsible for the deaths of nine people, the illnesses of 700, and the largest recall on any product in American history. I am also writing to express my agreement with the Department of Justice seeking a life sentence for Parnell.
This is a clear-cut case of a corporation putting their consumers at risk to make more money. These corporations must be forced to learn the lesson that human lives are worth more than profit and if a life sentence is what it takes to do so, then so be it. Please continue to prosecute corporations that put American lives at risk in the name of profit and start to build a culture of accountability in this country.
[Your Name Here]
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