firstly just because someone else got away with something doesn't mean you shouldn't punish someone who INTENTIONALLY broke the law for profit.
Straw man. You could just as easily read what I said to mean the bankers should have been punished. Which is what I meant.
secondly many of the people that lost their homes did so because of their own greed and stupidity
And many lost them because banks fraudulently filed paperwork that the homeowner wasn't aware of.
if you overleverage yourself without doing some basic research then you are at least partly responsible for the rod you created for your back.
And if the research you do is to ask the bank questions, and what they tell you is false, whose responsibility is that?
Many of those CEO's were definitely incompetent and should be sacked, being incompetent is not a criminal offense though.
Fraud is a criminal offense.