Therapeutic Counseling and Re-education Camp for Political Dissidents.
by Robert Janicki
by Robert Janicki
"A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Dinesh D’Souza to five years of probation, including eight months in a community confinement center, ordering no jail time for the conservative author and pundit who pleaded guilty to using straw donors to make an illegal campaign contribution...."
"U.S. District Judge Richard Berman handed down the sentence, which also includes a $30,000 fine. D'Souza must attend weekly therapeutic counseling sessions and perform community service, the judge said....."
When was the last time anyone heard of a non-violent Federal Election Code conviction and sentencing including "therapeutic counseling sessions'? That strongly smacks of a communist Russia gulag re-eduction camp experience for political dissidents. But the judge wasn't finished by any means. In addition to the excessive $30,000 fine, the judge committed D'Souza to 8 months in a half way house, which means he can leave during the day to earn a living, except for the "therapeutic counseling sessions" and one day a week of community service teaching English to immigrant children. Frankly, I'm surprised that the judge didn't shame him further by ordering him to trot around the entrance of the half way house during his incarceration hours carrying a placard saying he was convicted of a crime against nature and all of humanity.
I challenge anyone to find a comparable sentence handed down for a similar violation of the Federal Election Code. It just doesn't happen, unless you're the president's biggest and most observable and articulate critic on a national level.
D'Souza's crime was convincing two friends to each donate $10,000 to the political campaign of an old friend from college, with the proviso that he would repay them at a later date. That was it. That was what D'Souza was convicted of under the Federal Elections Code. Now, I'm not saying D'Souza is innocent, but what I am saying is that the sentence handed down was not consistent with similar violations of the Federal Election Code.
That's where justice has been seriously blurred with the retribution of a political outcome.