It’s not just Wall Street that is immune to serious consequences for illegality.
Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
…U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans accepted the company’s guilty plea from Halliburton legal counsel Marc Mukasey, imposed the agreed-upon maximum fine of $200,000 and placed the company on a three-year probation term.
Oh, and in case you were wondering – Marc Mukasey, Halliburton’s lawyer, is son of the Bush-era Attorney General Mike Mukasy, he of the refusal to say water-boarding was torture. Mukasey the younger is a leading partner for Bracewell & Guiliani – and yes, that’s Rudy Giuliani, former Republican mayor of new York. Halliburton itself may be one of the most corrupt and venal corporations in history, and remains intimately connected to Bush-era apparatchiks via its old CEO, Dick Cheney and via a wealth of US military contracts it was initially granted during Bush’s wars of aggression.
The nepotism runs deep with this crew.