Paul Manafort sentenced to addition 43 months in prison, bringing his entire sentence to 7.5 years.

By |2019-03-13T08:54:05-08:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

Still seems light to me.

Courtesy of USA Today:

Paul Manafort, the man who helped guide Donald Trump to the presidency, was sentenced to a total of more than seven years in federal prison on Wednesday after a judge added 43 months to the sentence he received in another case last week.

The pair of prison sentences marks the end of Manafort’s abrupt transformation from a globe-trotting political operative with mansions and lavish clothing to a frail-looking, wheelchair-bound, gray-haired inmate who, in his own words, had been “humiliated” by his changed circumstances.

Manafort, speaking from a wheelchair, told the judge: “I want to say to you now that I am sorry for what I’ve done.”

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson appeared unpersuaded. She said Manafort had spent much of his career “gaming the system,” that he cheated taxpayers so that he could maintain an extravagant lifestyle with “more suits than a man can wear, and that he remained unrepentant despite his apology. “Saying I’m sorry I got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency.”

The judge also said this:

“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” Jackson said. And she blasted him for concealing his activities from the government and for lying to federal investigators after promising to cooperate with them.

“If people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work,” she said.

Manafort was wheeled into court in a wheelchair wearing a suit and tie.

He apologized to the court and begged for leniency saying that he needed to care for his sick wife and asking that she not separate them, but the judge was not terribly moved.

She also has this to say about his attempts to placate Donald Trump.

Pretty clear that doing that was a tactic to curry favor with Trump in the hopes of getting a presidential pardon.

And do you know what, it probably worked? 

I would be floored if Trump did not give Manafort a pardon, after all, he was a good mafioso and did not rat on his boss. 

Update: It appears that Paul Manafort’s legal woes are far from over.

Important to note that Trump cannot pardon Manfort for these crimes id he is found guilty.

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10 Comments

  1. the Daily Beast March 13, 2019 at 8:39 am

    “Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Wednesday that her upcoming sentence for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort cannot be a “revision” of the lenient sentence handed down by Judge T.S. Ellis days earlier. After Manafort was convicted of financial fraud charges in Virginia, prosecutors recommended sentencing him up to 24 years—but instead, Ellis doled out just 47 months, citing what he called an “otherwise blameless” life (that actually included working for dictators and torturers). “What’s happening today cannot be a revision… of what happened in another court,” Jackson said in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, where Manafort is facing separate charges of conspiracy against the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for Manafort, who showed up to his sentencing hearing in a wheelchair, wearing a blue suit jacket.”

  2. Anonymous March 13, 2019 at 8:51 am

    https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/joi-ito-mit-discusses-complex-moral-issues-new-tech-brxaqu/

    FIRST OF ALL, IT’S GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT.
    WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH ALGORITHMS IS WE’RE ABOUT TO LOCK INTO ALGORITHMS, A KIND OF SYSTEMIC RACISM THAT HAS JUST EVOLVED BUT I DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S GOTTEN — IT’S GOTTEN BETTER IN SOME WAYS AND IT’S GOTTEN WORSE IN SOME WAYS.

    RACISM WAS LOCKED INTO THE CODE OF INSURANCE POLICIES, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE 70s AND IN CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE FEMINISTS LOST THOSE BATTLES.

    WE’RE FIGHTING FOR ALGORITHM FAIRNESS BUT I THINK IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LOCK THAT IN.

    I’M INTERESTED IN ENGAGING THE HISTORIANS THE SCLOORS AROUND THE HISTORY OF RACISM AND HAVING THEM UNDERSTAND THE WORK OF THE SCHOLARS IN FAIRNESS AND VICE VERSA.

    SOCIETY IS RACIST, SO BY DEFINITION OUR ALGORITHMZ ARE RACIST.

  3. Rawstory March 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

    “Paul Manafort was indicted on state charges just minutes after he was sentenced in federal court.

    The former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump was indicted Wednesday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on a yearlong residential mortgage fraud scheme.

    The 69-year-old Manafort, who was sentenced to a total of 90 months in federal prison on fraud and conspiracy charges, was charged March in a New York State Supreme Court with with residential mortgage fraud in the First Degree, Attempted Residential Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

    “No one is beyond the law in New York,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “Following an investigation commenced by our Office in March 2017, a Manhattan grand jury has charged Mr. Manafort with state criminal violations which strike at the heart of New York’s sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market. I thank our prosecutors for their meticulous investigation, which has yielded serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable.””

  4. Anon March 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/trump-supporting-manafort-juror-explains-president-shouldnt-give-pardon/

    ““It would just say that you can do whatever you want, you can break the law, and I’ll look the other way,” “And I don’t want to hear that message from the president.”

    Duncan backed Trump in 2016 and she says she hopes that he gets reelected in 2020” OK

  5. Anonymous March 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    It makes me truly want to vomit.
    There are black men serving longer sentences for fucking WEED offenses.
    This is just reprehensible.

  6. FEDUP!!! March 13, 2019 at 9:38 am

    73 months added, in a sentence that could have been ten years. Some of the months (THIRTY OF THEM!) are even to run CONCURRENTLY to the ones he just got in Virginia. E could have gotten ten years. Where is the justice in our justice system? There definitely are two different sets of laws: one for the poor and ‘darker pigmented’ people, and one for rich, white people.
    What a FARCE our country has become!

  7. Anonymous March 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Hmmmmm. So treason doesn’t get you much time huh? I mean that is if you’re white, right?

  8. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Keep this guy in mind when you get to the line on the 1040 form about the penalty for not paying enough income taxes.. he still owes $6million and only got 7 years for tax and bank fraud in the millions. I guess his excuse is the IRS will not take any checks over $1million (this is true, read it on the IRS website).

  9. Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Still not enough.
    And a fucking insult to the public.

    I only hope New York really takes him down.

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