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Letters: Justice Department has wrong priorities

"I've wanted to be a lawyer since I

"I've wanted to be a lawyer since I was a kid, and as of right now that hasn't changed." Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The zeal with which the Justice Department is going after executives of FIFA, the governing body of soccer, with numerous racketeering and fraud charges while seeking extradition is commendable ["Ex-aide: FIFA took bribes," New, June 4]. The amount of money changing hands on an international scale in this criminal endeavor is staggering. Some are looking at 20 years in prison.

Why hasn't the Justice Department used the same determination to go after the numerous Wall Street international banks, brokerage houses and insurance companies that looted the financial sector, leaving the United States and world economies near collapse, with taxpayers holding the bill? Where are the criminal indictments, arrests and convictions demanding jail for those executives and their minions? They continue to do business as usual, while lining the campaign coffers of the Washington political establishment trying to reverse the reforms put in place after that treachery.

The recent plea agreements for many of those firms on Wall Street to pay large fines -- a drop in the bucket considering the profits they made -- with no executives going to jail, while FIFA executives and business cronies around the world are tracked down, just further insults the intelligence of the American public and those still waiting for fair and true justice.

Engin Suvak, Uniondale

Well, I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, our long soccer nightmare is over. The country that cares least in the world about soccer has decided to charge the top people in the sport with corruption. That'll show 'em!

Wouldn't it have been great if the Department of Justice had mustered even 1 percent of that prosecutorial zeal when it came to the economy? How about some indictments for the Wall Streeters who ran amok, skirted the rules and sold junk financial instruments, or the bank-sters who caused countless foreclosures and ruined millions of 401(k)s? What about them?

Not a whisper.

In the 1980s, things were different. People served jail time for their misdeeds in the savings and loan scandal. For our recent scandal, which almost caused another Great Depression, the Justice Department said, "Move along, folks. Nothing to see here."

But, hey, we're showing those soccer people that they've got to clean up their act.

To the Department of Justice, this question: Aren't you embarrassed?

Peter Larkin, Bayside