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Modern day Robin Hood

Say a group of burglars rob a bank which only holds accounts for people who have more than £10 million. So everyone who holds an account is therefore filthy rich and doesn't need all of it.
Now suppose this group of burglars takes around £100 million in total. Though they don't keep a single penny of it, they go around giving cash to the homeless, those in poverty, give some to charities etc etc.
Now say they get caught.
Should they be punished by the law for theft?
Even if you think they should be punished is what they did not surely a very moral action? Is it morally right to allow them to be persecuted for doing an ultimate good?
Should the owners of the robbed accounts and the bank owners drop the charges?

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    Jul 4 2012: This utilitarian approach "for the greater good" has little to do with justice and much to do with fascism...it reminds me of Hugo Chavez, standing in the square in Venezuela, pointing at the richest houses and shouting "expropriated..expropriated." There are better ways of spreading wealth.

    Barclays Bank has just been fined 360 million euros for manipulating the mortgage rate in their favour. That money should be paid directly to the mortgage owners...not to the government. Politicians in Spain earn 4 times the average wage...on top of that, they have seats in different companies...paid to attend meetings and to influence business decisions in Parliament .. On top of that, they steal. These people are morally corrupt and a canker in the heart of our society and government. They should be jailed and have all of their assets taken from them...all their assets. These moneys should be shared with the people in the form of tax cuts etc. Business people who are found to deliberately underpay women, or foreigners or illegal immigrants should be fined and forced to pay back pay with interest to the injured parties. I just don't understand why these fines all go the government and not to the victims.

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