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Feds Want Prison Time for Dinesh D’Souza

Feds Want Prison Time for Dinesh D’Souza

Democrats John Edwards and Jon Corzine couldn’t be reached for comment.

Even though conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has admitted wrongdoing in a case where he violated campaign finance law, many of his supporters believe he’s being harshly prosecuted for political reasons.

A new development in his case reported by Jonathan Stempel of Reuters seems to confirm their suspicions:

U.S. seeks up to 16 months in prison for Dinesh D’Souza

The U.S. government wants conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza to be sentenced to as much as 16 months in prison, following his guilty plea to a campaign finance law violation.

In a Wednesday court filing, federal prosecutors rejected defense arguments that D’Souza was “ashamed and contrite” about his crime, had “unequivocally accepted responsibility,” and deserved a sentence of probation with community service.

D’Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.

The government said a 10- to 16-month prison sentence was appropriate for D’Souza, and necessary to deter others from abusing the election process, including “well-heeled individuals who are tempted to use their money to help other candidates.”

Perhaps D’Souza should seek counsel from the disgraced 2008 Democratic Party candidate John Edwards.

Edwards avoided jail time for much worse:

John Edwards Escapes Jail Time As All Charges Against Him Are Dropped

It’s been a bumpy ride for John Edwards. The disgraced former senator faced six felony charges stemming from the 2008 presidential race in which he was accused of using $1 million in campaign funds to hide his extramarital affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. Last month, when he was found not guilty on one charge, and a mistrial was declared on the other five, it was unclear whether prosecutors would want to pursue a retrial of the remaining charges.

If that doesn’t work out, perhaps D’Souza could contact New Jersey’s former Democratic governor Jon Corzine who avoided jail after he somehow “lost” over a billion dollars at MF Global.

Bruce Bialosky of National Review takes us on a trip down the 2013 memory hole:

Corzine’s Crime of the Century

Last week, a court approved a settlement deal among commodities firm MF Global’s bankruptcy trustees that will reimburse its customers for 93 percent of the value of their accounts, from which about $1.6 billion had disappeared during the firm’s bankruptcy. But even if they eventually see 100 percent of their funds returned, the firm’s misappropriation of customer funds under the leadership of Jon Corzine will remain a shocking example of financial malfeasance. It looks like Corzine could have gotten away with the crime of the century.

If you aren’t familiar with Jon Corzine, he is the man Vice President Joe Biden called first during the financial crisis because he considered Corzine “the smartest guy I know about the economy and finance.” Corzine spent much of his career at Goldman Sachs, becoming chairman in 1994. After Goldman Sachs went public, Corzine was forced out of the chairmanship, but he left with a $250–400 million payout. He quickly parlayed that money into a New Jersey U.S. Senate seat, and then the governorship of New Jersey in January 2006, before losing to Chris Christie in the next election.

Isn’t it amazing what you can get away with if there’s a “D” after your name?

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A certain coughing scene in ‘Animal House’ comes to mind.

Let’s hope Dinesh appeals if he is sentenced to any time in jail.

Hopefully the appeals court will overturn the conviction, as well. Of course, with Holder’s DOJ in charge, and with the NY appeals court justices being so liberal, I doubt it.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to DINORightMarie. | September 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’m concerned that if he goes to jail, he might “have an accident” while flossing or reading a novel.

    Hell, look at poor old Joan Rivers. She compares the First Couple to [deleted to foil government monitors], and she winds up dead during routine outpatient surgery.

    Yes, my tin-foil hat is secured with a chin strap. 🙁

      You know … I never did believe the Mooche, err, Michelle, was a tranny. I’m sure that pic was photoshopped. And garden vegetables are so good for you … I’m so glad I’ve been made aware how important it is to eat properly. I’m glad the gubmint is helping me out.

9thDistrictNeighbor | September 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

We’ve gone past Banana Republic and have entered the realm of positively Soviet. Locking up the opposition…. If you’re going to make a law, either enforce it evenly or don’t make one in the first place. Bill Ayers wrote about rounding up the opposition for elimination…much more of this selective enforcement and regulatory overreach (i.e., IRS, et al.) and Ayers will be dancing a jig.

He broke a law that is being selectively enforced.
He is the Scooter Libby of his time.

Wow! Strict adherence to campaign finance law, could very possibly mean, striking Articles I, II and maybe III of the U.S. Constitution.

As Yakov Smirnoff said: “‘What a country!'”.

It is fun to “what if” the situation where we had an actual Attorney General, and they looked into the funding of either Obamic presidential campaign using the same lens as was deployed against a guy who makes movies…and who DID violate the law rather artlessly.

theduchessofkitty | September 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

It’s called “Find the Republican, and we’ll find the crime.”

John Edwards and Jon Corzine didn’t make films highly critical of pResident Thin Skin. Big difference.

Besides, they’re members of an unofficial federally protected class – the Democrats ~

PersonFromPorlock | September 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

What won’t happen is a Republican Congressman threatening that after the sentencing, a congressional committee will be looking specifically at this whole case to see if the prosecution and court have committed malpractice.

And that’s a shame, because the Democrats haven’t had much to laugh at, recently.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to PersonFromPorlock. | September 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Comparing Bush/Obama in prosecuting bad actors in the DOJ.
    Bush: 41%
    Obama: 0%
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/10/239422_misconduct-at-justice-department.html
    “In at least 27 cases, the inspector general identified evidence of possible criminal wrongdoing but no one was prosecuted.”
    “During the George W. Bush presidency, records show, 41.6 percent of the official corruption referrals resulted in prosecution.”

      From your link – “So far this year, records obtained by the nonpartisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University show that 34 percent of investigators’ referrals of public corruption allegations were accepted for prosecution.” – not as high as the percentage from the Bush years, but much larger than 0%.

D’nesh apparently didn’t have a good lawyer during those plea bargain talks.

He pled out and didn’t know what the sentencing recommendations would be?

That’s ignorant.

Self admitted as an Activist in office using the power of this office, Holder administrates prosecution with his thumb on the Scale of Justice while wearing a single eye patch. Seeking jail time is part of a selective prerogative but how and when it is used would look totally different if he were to have his office independent of the executive and reattach the word “equal” to the word “justice”. Perhaps this office should be an elected position as opposed to an appointment much as my County D.A. is.

I watched with a large smile on my mug as Dinesh eviscerated Ward “How” Churchill and Billy Ayers on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show recently. He did it in that soft, civilized voice of his. Wonderful.

If they are going to use it, the law should be applied and punishment administered equally to everyone … including Obama. Too many laws are used only when convenient to get the opposing person out of the way.

Googling straw donor convictions got 3 recent people other than Dinesh. All donated to Democrats (2 to Hillary, 1 to Reid). Two have been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison and one has had his sentencing pushed back to October. All donated more than Dinesh, but the crime is the crime. I think donation limits should be raised or even eliminated, but there needs to be transparency.

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