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11 August 2009

Another Sixth and Market Sham

A City Council aide who whored his position out to developers a few times received six months less in prison than the state-senate whore who stole from the poor and gave to his rich self.
The judge? Oh, he stuck up for his buddy Buckwalter like only members of the good-old-boys network can.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno said the need to deter public corruption demanded "substantial" prison time for Wright - and declined to drastically depart from sentencing guidelines, as was done in the case of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. ...
Robreno rejected comparisons to the 55-month sentence that U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter gave Fumo last month. ...
Fumo was convicted of 137 counts of conspiracy and fraud, while Wright was convicted on 3 of conspiracy and fraud. Wright's financial benefit was placed at $23,000, while Fumo's was put at no less than $2.3 million.

The illogic eludes definition, and just a block away from where our democracy was declared.


Anonymous ChihuahuaMom said...

You should do a chart w/ Corey, Ricky, Chris Wright & Fumo detailing how many counts they were convicted of, the essesnce of the changes and how much rpison time each got. Oh wait, we already know what that looks like... it looks like Fumo got a sweet heart deal. Nevermind.

2:55 PM  

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