Hultgren Construction LLC broke the law and caused a worker to die. If you and I do that, South Dakota will put us in prison for years or maybe even kill us. But if a corporation does that, South Dakota leaves it to a federal court to make the corporation pay $50 and serve a year’s probation while its insurers pay restitution to the people it harmed. And its owner, Aaron Hultgren, doesn’t even have to show his face in court to face that minimal music. He just declares bankruptcy and walks away.
I yield the floor to Mr. Ehrisman for an apt comparison:
Only in SD we would find it appropriate to charge people with a crime for ingestion, think industrial hemp is recreational pot, but if someone collapses a building do to negligence and kills a person, they walk away with NO jail and a $50 fine [Scott Ehrisman, “It’s Hard to Charge a Bankrupt LLC with a Crime in South Dakota,” South Dacola, 2019.12.16].
Maybe we all need to incorporate ourselves. That would keep the government off our backs.