A few examples:
- Iceland's prime minister resigned when his relationship to the Panama Papers was discovered.
- The police superintendent in Chicago, Illinois, USA was fired when a video containing a police shooting was uncovered more than a year after the shooting took place.
- A regional administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency resigned after dangerous levels of lead were found in the area that the administrator oversaw.
These acts prompted suspicions of money laundering and cover-ups, and gross negligence. Why are these public figures typically fired, or "voluntarily resign," instead of being prosecuted for crimes that they could plausibly be accused of? Is it a case of the law not being applied to the powerful and well-connected, or are there other legal reasons?