Scale of legal penalties and fines for different crimes
June 8, 2010 3:45 PM Subscribe
The whole BP oil spill (with few legal ramifications so far, although apparently there is a cap
on the damages
which BP would be required to pay) and the recurrent stories of copyright violations (with many outrageous fines to poor saps who got caught downloading movies and music) got me thinking: is anyone aware of a nice infographic of different fines issued / punitive damages awarded for different crimes? I am basically curious how it would look like for different countries, and if it could be used as a rough "how much we value what" scale.
posted by TheyCallItPeace to Law & Government (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am well aware that we are nowhere near the end of the BP story, but the fact that copyright violations have been awarded such humongous settlements makes me wonder about other truly damaging environmental/human rights/civil rights violations by corporations which were awarded much smaller settlements.
Similarly, we often hear of cases where people are sentences to just a handful of years in prison for rape/manslaughter, while sometimes we see much longer jail sentences for petty theft (think 3 strikes laws).
I'd be curious to see something like plots of crimes in a "fine vs. time" diagram.
Has anyone ever made or seen anything like that? Any artistically inclined lawyers out there?