But Phoenix is saying she should be given special legal treatment that is, quite simply illegal.
Never said that.
Oh but you did:
For the record, I think that she needed to be punished for what she did, but not with jail time. A hefty fine and probation would have proven the point nicely.
The legal treatment you advocate is simply not legal. And would constitute special treatment when she is already getting the most lenient treatment possible under law.
Now I can definitely agree that my statement can sound like two different things. On one hand it can look like you want her to get special treatment knowingly and on the other what I think did happen was that you recommended punishment that would consitute a complete disregard for the law unknowingly.
If she got the minimum sentence for the crime that she was charged, of course the judge had to abide by the sentencing guidelines. But there IS such a thing as plea bargaining!
What are you talking about? I am seriously interested, this makes no sense to me, but not being a lawyer I might not be aware of something. "Plea bargaining" as I know it, would not make any difference to her sentence, which is already the most lenient possible under law.
Over time, I have noticed something VERY curious. I have seen this scenario over and over again. Let's say, that
there will be a stock, which has a certain daily average trading volume. All of a sudden, the volume spikes dramatically, and then the stock price drops like a rock. In many instances, I have looked around for news that would account for this, and find none. A day or two later, some bad news about the company will be published. Coincidence?????
I can't speak for the cases you have in mind but if what you are trying to say is that others do insider trading as well you are probably right.
And if the implied argument is that they get away with it I am sure that some do.
Martha did, for example.
Now if you are saying that people who get away with crimes have any bearing on the fairness of Martha's sentence I'll have to disagree as a matter of principle. Law makes no allowance for the grubby cookie smeared finger to point to the other kids and say "but they did it too!"