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Too big to nail

That’s the trick. HSBC launders money for the bad guys in the War on Some Drugs and Some People, and some members of the Axis of Evil, and pays a small fine relative to their profits, and the people in charge defer their bonuses for a short time. Not go to jail, not pay a fine, not lose their bonuses. Defer.

Liberty, on the other hand, does exactly the same kind of thing, but in this cases, charges have been filed, accounts frozen, subpoenas issued.

The only difference I can see is that HSBC has better lobbyists and a bigger brass ring. HSBC is a big bank; Liberty is a small one. HSBC is still around. Liberty is not.

Justice (for some), with a price tag.