Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison for Illegal Campaign Contributions

Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty on May 21st to federal charges of making $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions, received a sentence of 8 months community confinement this Tuesday. This was a disappointment to prosecutors, who had sought a 10-16 month prison sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines.

District Court Judge Richard Berman sentenced the conservative pundit to five years’ probation with the following caveats:  pay $30,000 in restitution, spend 8 months in a “community confinement center” and attend weekly therapeutic counseling sessions.    In his sentencing memorandum, D’Souza asked for a sentence below the federal guidelines, arguing that the judge “consider Mr. D’Souza’s guilty plea and consequent acceptance of responsibility, while not formally credited by the Government, as it occurred almost immediately after your honor’s decision on counsel’s legal motions.”  Unfortunately for Mr. D’Souza however, the court found that him to be less than contrite after watching this interview given the same day as his guilty plea, in which he claimed to be the victim of a political vendetta. The judge told D’Souza that he continued to “deflect and minimize” his crime and that his claim of political persecution was “nonsense.”

Nevertheless the judge concluded that “I don’t think it’s necessary for Mr. D’Souza to go to jail.”

 

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