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No "Get Out of Jail Free" Card for Volkswagen Officials, Senators Urge

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edited September 2015 in Volkswagen
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The Volkswagen diesel-emissions crisis is drawing the attention of two U.S. senators, who told the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday that Volkswagen officials "should be granted no get out of jail free card."

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  • henry4hirehenry4hire Member Posts: 106
    How about some jail time for these criminals?
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalMember Posts: 251
    This may be a problem that does not have a true fix. VW will need to reprogram the ECM to remove the defeat device so their 2.0 TDI's run clean all the time. However, if the cars don't run the same after the fix a number of owners will add back the old software. I've already seen posts on TDI sites where people state that they will provide the current ECM code with the defeat feature to people who are not happy with the fix. Remember, this defeat feature cannot be detected with normal smog testing.
  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    Was anyone at GM criminally prosecuted for the ignition switch issue that resulted in deaths?
    How many people died as a result of VW's emissions fix?
  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,193
    I can see massive punitive financial penalties for both VW and for the gilded suits involved, but jail seems a bit much, given precedent. I am sure some loud senators will use it to distract from real issues, and some comfortably compensated DOJ "workers" (the bright minds that keep us fighting the war on drugs) will lick their chops at a chance to show off their arrogance and accountability-free roles. However, given the state of the incarceration industry, jail seems like a way for American Justice to appear even more like an oxymoron than it did before. Gross waste of resources. Seeing as almost nobody responsible for the recent financial crisis earned more than a slap on the wrist, this is hard to defend.
  • carboy21carboy21 Member Posts: 760

    How about some jail time for these criminals?

    Along with those at GM responsible for 124 deaths ?

    Lufthansa and other German airlines should cancel all Boeing orders. Matter will resolve quickly ;)

  • the_jernsthe_jerns Member Posts: 8
    These two useless idiots telling the attorney general what to do.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    Which two idiots are we talking about again? ;)

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  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    fintail said:

    Seeing as almost nobody responsible for the recent financial crisis earned more than a slap on the wrist, this is hard to defend.

    But the DOJ was nice enough to let the statute of limitations expire on those criminal bankers.

    Nice move from the departed AG Eric Holder, who now works at Covington and Burling, a law firm that defends banks.

    But yeah, let's prosecute VW for all the lives they have ruined!

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    “From the standpoint of an investigator, this case is like arriving at a buffet table that has everything spread out, and it’s just a question of choosing which course to taste first,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and former state attorney general from Connecticut who has worked on multistate cases.":

    U.S. States Jumping Into Investigation of VW Emissions Deception (New York Times)
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