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Article Preview: Money Makes All the Difference: Why Corporate Defendants Are Not Entitled to the Sixth Amendment Jury Trial Right’s Full Protection by Allison Reuter

Contributing Editor: Kevin Mortimer
Personal interests and motivations differ from person to person. The consequences of a criminal conviction are life-altering and may include moral condemnation, retribution, and incarceration. Corporations, on the other hand, typically have one motivation: maximizing profit. Corporations, with their “vast size, wealth, and power,” do not possess a conscience. They will never face the moral condemnation, imprisonment, or death penalty that so many human beings fear. Rather, corporations face criminal fines that are often treated as “a mere cost of business or a slap on the wrist.” These fines do not serve the purpose of moral condemnation or retribution, but rather serve mere regulatory functions.