Bob McDonnell is Going to Prison and Al Sharpton is Not
Disgraced Virginia governor is going to jail for two years for corruption. His wife may see jail time as well but her sentencing doesn’t happen until next month.
It makes no difference to me that he’s a Republican. He broke the law and violated the public trust so he deserves to be punished. It does strike me as odd however, that frequent White House visitor Al Sharpton owes millions of dollars in back taxes and is not going to jail.
From the Washington Post…
Robert F. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison
A federal judge sentenced former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell to two years in prison Tuesday — an unexpectedly lenient punishment for a man who was convicted of selling the influence of his office to a wealthy benefactor for sweetheart loans, luxury vacations and even a Rolex watch.
Unless his case is overturned on appeal, McDonnell (R), who once was mentioned as a presidential contender, will become the first Virginia governor to go to prison.
Prosecutors had sought a 6 1/2 -year prison term, and sentencing guidelines called for as many as eight years and one month. But U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer’s decision ensured that McDonnell will be free before his 63rd birthday. Defense attorneys had asked for a sentence of 6,000 hours of community service.
“Unlike Pontius Pilate, I can’t wash my hands of it all,” Spencer said, after musing at length on the tragedy of the case. “A meaningful sentence must be imposed.”
He ordered McDonnell to report to prison by Feb. 9.