How Loudly Does Money Talk

Purdue Pharma Still Faces Hundreds Of Lawsuits Related To OxyContin

Purdue Pharma Still Faces Hundreds Of Lawsuits Related To OxyContin

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — We all know that money talks, and too often speaks louder than truth and justice. 

But what – if any – limits are we willing to put on what it can say and do?

We have laws against bribery. 

And money doesn’t always trump everything else. 

Even Hollywood celebrities with unlimited funds can’t always get away with buying slots at prestige colleges for their kids.

But how about when rich people exploit, hurt or abuse others? Should they be able to buy their way out of legal consequences for that?

Patriots star receiver Antonio Brown is being accused of all sorts of sexual abuses, but not, so far, in criminal court. Even if the current civil suit against him proceeds without being settled, the end result would be limited to financial penalty.

For Antonio, it seems money can talk his way out of consequences for alleged behavior that might put a poorer man in jail.

And now these issues are front and center in the legal battle over one of the biggest crimes of the century, the obscene profits taken from sale of the highly-addictive drug Oxycontin by a family who, legal testimony shows, knew they were peddling death and didn’t blink.

Attorney General Maura Healey and Gov. Charlie Baker want no part of a pending settlement between the Sackler family and two dozen states suing the drug peddlers, and want to stop them from hiding behind bankruptcy laws. 

“They shouldn't be allowed to use bankruptcy as a convenient tool to avoid dealing with the very real consequences of what they did," says Baker.

Watch this legal battle closely. 

It may show if and where we are willing to draw the line on big money’s self-serving clout. 

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You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday mornings at :55 minutes past the hour. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio.

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