The Real Police State (3/4)

Some of the crimes one may be sent to jail for in the US are shocking like the 65 year-old American who went to prison for 17 months because he bought orchids from South America because the company in South America that shipped the orchids was sloppy with the paperwork. Prosecutors described this man as the “Kingpin” of an international smuggling ring when he was earning less than 20 thousand from his orchid business.

The Economist says, America has “a long love affair with lock and key.  Justice is harsher in America than any other rich country.” There are more than 4,000 federal crimes, and many times that number of regulations that carry criminal penalties.

Did you know that failing to prevent your employees from breaking federal regulations you have never heard of could send you to jail? One American went to jail for six months because one of his workers accidently broke a pipe, causing oil to spill into a river.

See Growing China’s Legal System or return to The Real Police State – Part 2


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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