A century ago, the Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. Reasonable minds can differ about the appropriate level of taxation. But few would argue with the basic truth of Justice Holmes's statement.
Embezzlement is not an uncommon criminal charge. But in many ways it is an unusual one. It is unusual because, unlike other property offenses, the person charged is often someone who originally had rightful authority to handle money that was taken.
In many parts of the country, the housing market has improved somewhat, after the shocks of the real estate crisis. With fewer foreclosures happening now, it is hard to fully understand how confused and chaotic the situation was a few years ago.