By Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill
John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up jointly at the difficult streets of South Boston. many years later within the mid-1970s, they met back. via then, Connolly used to be an important determine within the FBI’s Boston workplace and Whitey had turn into godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that may carry Bugler into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau’s mammoth leagues. yet Bulger had different plans. quickly to be an important movie starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Black Mass is the chilling precise tale of what occurred among them—a darkish deal that spiraled uncontrolled, resulting in drug dealing, racketeering, and homicide.
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White collar crime should refer to acts involving physical as well as financial harm. White collar crime should refer to the acts of organizations as well as individuals. avocational crime, technocrime, computer crime, folk crime, and invisible crime. In some cases, different terms refer to the same activity; in other cases, they refer to specific types of crime. Obviously the invocation of so many different terms, interrelated in such a bewildering variety of ways, contributes to the general confusion about white collar crime.
When people object to the notion of respectable criminals, they are, of course, focusing on the moral meaning. From this point of view, people who commit crimes and perpetrate harms are never respectable. Even if those who are exposed as criminals may indeed lose their respectable status, it is important to THE DISCOVERY OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME recognize that often this status is precisely what enabled them to commit their crimes in the first place. The more respectable people appear to be, the more likely they are to be trusted (Ball 1970; Shover and Hochstetler 2006).
Second, the offenders or offending organizations enjoy a relatively high level of trust and respectability, at least when compared with organized crime and street criminals. Third, these situations have not been a traditional focus of the law and the justice system, which have responded to them in various ways. Fourth, they have all been considered forms of white collar crime, according to at least someone’s conception of that complex term. The term white collar crime is by now quite familiar to many people; it is also a source of considerable confusion.