Target: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Goal: Issue stiffer punishment to former banker found guilty of stealing information.
A former Goldman Sachs employee who was found guilty of stealing information from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been spared prison time. Despite his illegal actions and obvious guilt, Rohit Bansal was only sentenced to 300 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. The reason for this lenient punishment? The judge in the case ruled that the “power of the Internet” had already taken its toll on Bansal. In his decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein noted the argument from Bansal’s attorney, who claimed that her client lost friends and endured extensive humiliation as a result of the case.
Whether or not Bansal’s regret and remorse were genuine, it should in no way affect his sentence. Those who violate the law must be punished, and having one’s feelings hurt online is not an adequate substitute for jail time or fines. Judge Gorenstein acknowledged that Bansal’s “selfish motivation” was a “disturbing aspect” of the case, yet he apparently felt that the stain on Bansal’s reputation would suffice as punishment for willingly breaking the law. Sign the petition below to urge New York’s Attorney General to reevaluate this case and issue a harsher sentence.
Dear Mr. Schneiderman,
In a recent ruling in your state, Rohit Bansal, a former banker found guilty of stealing information, was sentenced to a measly 300 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. The judge in this case justified the ruling by arguing that the man was subject to intense online criticism, and lost friends and ensured extensive humiliation as a result of the case.
Those who violate the law must be punished, and having one’s feelings hurt online is not an adequate substitute for jail time or fines. The same judge noted that the convict displayed “selfish motivation” at a “disturbing” level, yet the light sentence is hardly appropriate for such a violation. I urge you to reevaluate this case and issue a stiffer penalty in Rohit Bansal’s case.
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