Why Aren’t the Sacklers in Jail, Facing Murder Charges?


It’s a fair question.

210,000 Americans (and counting) are dead from an opioid
epidemic in which Purdue Pharmaceutical was a major force, if not the driving
It’s a private company. The Sackler
family owns it. The family fortune is estimated at $13 billion.

(Wikipedia) In 2007 it paid out one of the largest fines
ever levied against a pharmaceutical firm for mislabeling its product
OxyContin, and three executives were found guilty of criminal charges.

Craig Landau was appointed CEO on June 22, 2017. He
joined Purdue Pharma L.P. in 1999 and was chief medical
officer and as vice president of R&D innovation, clinical and medical
By 2018, eight members of the Sackler family were listed to be
active or former members of the Board of Directors. By early 2019, the Sacklers
had left the Purdue Pharma board, leaving none on the panel. Steve Miller
became chairman in July 2018, with a current board left of five members.

So, let’s parse that a bit.

Purdue’s sole business is pain-relief
medicines. That’s all they do and that’s the sole source of the
Sackler family fortune. They knew (or had reason to know) that OxyContin was addictive
as early as 2007 and caused deaths from mis-use and over-use. Yet they
continued to flog it.

When things began to heat up, all
the Sacklers fled the Board for safer climes.
Since 1999, Craig Landau, their
newly appointed CEO had been chief medical officer and vice president of
R&D innovation, clinical and medical affairs
. No such executive could
possibly be unaware
of what was going on and yet they continued to flog.
Mafia-like? You tell me. But there is
a difference, Mafia kingpins go to jail.
Rather than jail, where (in my opinion) they ought to be,
Purdue and the Sacklers are in negotiation with a tentative deal with 22
state attorneys general and more than 2,000 cities and counties. Those negotiations
are foundering at the moment because the Sacklers are refusing to kick their
personal fortunes into the settlement.
Jesus, better that than life in prison. But there was
no threat of life in prison. That was never on the table.
Over 200,000 Americans dead.

The settlement was said to return the most fair and
equitable money-recovery
to the injured public, eliminating long and
legal pursuits.

Just ask how many families and
friends of the dead would trade a few bucks for their losses. Fair and
equitable for those who willingly and profitably murder their fellow
citizens is life in prison.
Was it willingly and profitably?
Was it murder? That’s defined as ‘the unlawful premeditated killing
of one human being by another
Only a jury can decide, but to uphold any sense of justice
those charges must be brought and taken to their logical conclusion.

The fact that such a move has not
been taken is simply one more occasion where money replaces justice. The
ordinary Joe on the street is not blind to the fact that our prisons are chock full
of minor drug dealers serving life terms for peddling far fewer and far less
dangerous drugs.

And we kid ourselves that “Justice
is Blind


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