LETTERS: If corporations are 'people' then let THEM face prison time, too

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations are "people." This is now the law of the land.

What happens to people who break U.S. laws? What happens to people who repeatedly rob others? What happens to people who kill other people?

If you came from the combination of an ovum and a sperm and had a biological birth rather than a corporate filing, you can expect to have a trial and if found guilty, suffer some form of punishment. However, if you are a corporate person you seem to be exempt from the justice system and U.S. laws. Why is this so? Responsibilities come with personhood.

When corporations break laws, they should suffer the same consequences as the rest of us. If an organic person would spend five years in jail for some offense, then the corporate person should suffer a similar fate -- seizure of all the corporation's profits for five years and the reduction of employee payroll and benefits to the same level as an organic prisoner would earn. If this causes the corporation to go out of business, then so be it.

Bankruptcy is a common result of organic people being sent to prison.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

-- Julius Hayden