It leaves a bad taste in my mouth in the sense that it seems we're going to let off people who would commit a very serious economic crime, which has very serious effects against those who are not capable of negotiating these agreements in other crimes they might be victims of or are perpetrators of. We seem to be letting off people in white-collar crimes with a little slap on the wrist.
In fact, if we're going to do this kind of remediation, it seems we would want to extend this to other forms of crime, where we would be better off not putting people in jail, or having them face stiffer mandatory penalties. It's just something that strikes me as being a little off here.
I understand the purpose of trying to negotiate with companies to encourage them to come forward, to admit, to not litigate, so that we can make some reparations. Again, though, it seems that we're letting those with the means have an easier time of it than those who don't have the means.