Potential bad news for EPA human researchers: Plenty of prison beds projected in North Carolina for next 5 years

The North Carolina Senate has completed the fiscal impacts analysis of Senate Bill 187, the bill to make EPA’s PM2.5 air pollution experiments on humans a felony (on par with assassinating the Governor).

According to the analysis, the estimated cost of trying an EPA researcher is a maximum of $6,552 in court and corrections costs — including a public defender. Best of all, the analysis notes,

Prison Section: No cost (excess bed space projected for at least five years)

Chin up, though. While you’ve violated the Nuremberg Code, you won’t be getting Nuremberg-type justice.

2 thoughts on “Potential bad news for EPA human researchers: Plenty of prison beds projected in North Carolina for next 5 years”

  1. Our Constitution prevents ex post facto laws. Those guilty before 1 July 2012 get to walk; everybody else is busted!

  2. Actually, I thought that too (at least that’s what they used to teach in school), but the solid waste laws provide for penalties for actions committed when they weren’t against the law. Lawyers like to split hairs here (oh, they’re not criminal penalties), but the original intent was not to punish people ex post facto. Like everything else these days, the Constitution has been deemed “relative.”

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