Politics

Homeless Man Gets 15 Years for $100; CEO Gets 3 Years for $3 Billion

Fri., Jul. 8, 2011 5:58 PM EDT
by Torrance Stephens

As we in America attend to our attractions to tedium, whether it is the Casey Anthony verdict, Lil Wayne, reality TV or Niki Minaj, there are real issues that are occurring that show the seriouis economic problems this nation and its citizens are experiencing.

As Obama struggles to get the debt ceiling passed, the reality of social injustice, especially for African Americans and the economically disenfranchised, is being avoided, ignored and swept under the rug. For example, in Louisiana, a homeless man robbed a bank and took a single $100 bill. After feeling bad and even knowing the money could be used to help him find food and shelter, he returned the same bill to the Louisiana bank he took it from and surrendered to police the same day.

Roy Brown, 54, robbed the Capital One bank in Shreveport, La., in December 2007. He approached the teller and told her that it was a robbery. The teller handed Brown three stacks of bills, but he only took a single $100 bill and returned the remaining money back to her. In Caddo District Court, he pleaded guilty, and the judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery.

It is a sad day in America when a person who returns something he took is punished more severely than a rapist or a murderer. True, he robbed the bank, but there was no evidence of any weapon, and no one was hurt.

It is difficult to understand. Paul R. Allen, 55, the former CEO of one of the largest privately held mortgage lenders, Ocala, Fla.-based Taylor Bean & Whitaker, received three years in prison for his role in a $3 billion scheme that officials called one of the biggest corporate fraud schemes in history.

A white man who steals $3 billion and returns none of the money gets just three years, and a black homeless man steals $100, returns it all and receives 15 years. America the Beautiful…

torrance stephens, ph.d.

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  • ConcernedCitizen

    This is a crying shame! Rev. Dr. Al Sharpton, is your organization on this one??? Omg….

  • Rhonda402001

    while obamas catering to white america ,blacks are being, abused,in many ways,if this guy where white, he’d get more symathy and less PRISON 

  • Rhonda402001

    while obamas catering to white america ,blacks are being, abused,in many ways,if this guy where white, he’d get more symathy and less PRISON 

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.sims Craig Sims

      EXPLAIN HOW OBAMA IS NOT HELPING OUT BLACKS

    • John Smith

      Bullshit. While this is a tragedy, it’s not a race issue. There are underlying reasons not addressed in the article for the man receiving such a large sentence. A) the man robbed a bank. This is taken very seriously, especially because the rich bank will pay expensive lawyers to prosecute him. B) being homeless, the guy probably didn’t have a good lawyer. Whereas the CEO could pay for an expensive one to plead his case. C) finally, the CEO played a PART in a scheme that stole money. He did not singlehandedly steal from a bank. Only asinine bigots looking for handouts from white people would make this a race issue.

  • Shamu

    IZZZ IT COZ I IZ BLACK!

  • Anonymous

    A TOTAL INJUSTICE….

    Our lawmakers should be passing legislation to harden the penalties for “white collar crime offenders”. Instead these knuckle heads are blowing hot air across our nation and telling country men and women, our country is broke.

    Well, if we continue to allow these “white collar crime offender” get away with highway robbery, yes, I could see this country going broke. Plug up to loopholes for storing US currency in offshore accounts. On second hand, our representatives could simply pass legislation to tax any and all US currency that are stored in offshore accounts at an alarming rate of 40 percent.

    Seems to me that a majority of our laws are targeted towards certain classes of people in our country and not for “common criminals”, regardless of race or class. In my opinion, when one steals millions or potentially billions or trillions of dollars from the masses, it is just as deadly as bullet, or any weapon for that matter.

    So we must stand together and force a change in our justice system. These laws are simply targeted and in many cases, they could be viewed as a violation of our civil rights.

    In this instance, the ceo who stole billions, should be imprisoned for a minimum of 50 yrs to life. Yeah, that’s right, 50 yrs to life.

    • Tenniseth

      you hate yt thats all.  you’re jelous of yt and poor. 

      • Anonymous

        not sure of what type of hate you are accusing me of, but I can assure you it is farther from the truth. if you’re interested in knowing what I hate rather than speculating about it, and that is greed. can’t stand liars and cheaters either.

        perhaps its okay with you that a black man gets 15 yrs for stealing and returning a $100 bill and the ceo who stole billions from millions, to receive only 3 yrs in prison. sounds like an disgrace of our justice system to me. if this is your bag, fine, but don’t point your little non-comprehendabe response towards me. you sound as though you are a fox news listener and if so, I fully understand your stance. enough said.

  • trueblk

    This country sucks!, no wonder we are a target from everbody… and so well deserved.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    trueblk, I don’t understand your comment. I hear sarcasm and “so well deserved” only makes sense if you’re part of the country’s “majority.” Shamu is suspect, too. I don’t know if that’s your feeble attempt at being funny, but this is far from funny.

  • Jacksonernest

    What can we do to show our support.  Is there somewhere we can write in for support of his freedom?

  • Macnificent2u

    He who has the Gold makes the rules…

  • Tenniseth

    He has a rap sheet moron…do some research and you’ll see he has been in jail his entire life.  I know we all like to pick on the white guy but what black country would you want to live in??? The day this country is run by blacks is the day buildings fall, bridges fall, planes fall, stores get ghetto and we are poor.  Show some respect to the white man for civilization.

  • Tenniseth

    He has a rap sheet moron…do some research and you’ll see he has been in jail his entire life.  I know we all like to pick on the white guy but what black country would you want to live in??? The day this country is run by blacks is the day buildings fall, bridges fall, planes fall, stores get ghetto and we are poor.  Show some respect to the white man for civilization.

    • Jtshrop

      Torrance, I got to give you your props for finding and researching and putting together this story. This is the crux of America’s judicial quagmire right here. The title of the story tells the entire story in a nutshell. And we’re supposed to be in a “colorless”, “post-racial” society, right??? SMH

  • Holy COW!!!!!!!

    OMG-can we get past the racial issues ever!!!!!!!!!!! Really?!?!?! 

    • http://twitter.com/SineQuaN0n RachelMc

      says the privileged. 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7FOD5ABKG35H5RGA2QC4IDYC5A Joe

    I agree!  Armed robbery should be OK if you’re black.

    This article demonstrates that there are places that even complete idiots can earn Ph.D’s.  The counseling program at Clark Atlanta can bear witness to this.

  • Carissa

    Yeah so this homeless guy got 15 years. But there are also issues such as Border Patrol that make it impossible for a Mexican to become a citizen; in a country where no one is originated from, EXCEPT for the Native Americans and MEXICANS! People want to say how hard it is for African-Americans but EVERY CULTURE/ETHNICITY has suffered. Don’t expect people to feel sorry for your ethnicity when everyone is dealing with some atrocity and segregation.

  • Look Deeper

    This juxtaposition could not be more misleading. The failure to quote or even summarize the sentencing remarks of the respective judges is a big red flag. Ten minutes of research yields the following “overlooked” facts:
    Concerning Paul Allen:
    1) The fraud was underway before he joined the mortgage company
    2) His conviction was for aiding and abetting his own boss
    3) He cooperated in the investigation
    4) He testified against his boss
    5) His boss (the real perpetrator) was sentenced to THIRTY YEARS without parole.

    Concerning Roy Brown:
    1) He (or someone in the same state with the same name and birthdate) has SEVEN prior convictions.
    2) His sentence is exactly the same as the MINIMUM sentence for a third “strike.” This suggests he may
    have been the victim of “tough-on-crime” legislation, and the judge had no discretion.

  • Salehltz

    Racism will never disappear on this earth !!!

  • Anonymous

    Humans are dumb.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NHX5IWRV2GWMNEVKNBEJK7TLV4 haganw

    Just because he’s black doesn’t mean its ALWAYS racism my god.

  • Bruce

    Bottom line folks … we’ll talking up state Louisiana here

  • EyesOpen

    Clearly this isn’t a race thing – seriously why would the poster of this article suggest it?? Sensationalism? OJ is black, and he blatantly got away with murdering people despite clear evidence of his guilt. And why? Because he was rich – the same applies in the cases mentioned in this article.

    Rich people quite literally get away with murder – poor people are prison fodder for relatively innocuous crimes. Personally, I wouldnt be surprised if the poor guy intentionally got himself locked up, as he was homeless and had no money for food – some people will do just about anything to get a roof and a warm meal – I’d seriously consider doing the same in his situation…

  • AfreeLibyan

    You guys are sick. you let this happen to your own people?

  • Bob

    “As Obama struggles to get the debt ceiling passed” ….. as if raising the ceiling is a good thing?