Therapeutic Counseling and Re-education Camp for Political Dissidents.
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.
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
That's where justice has been seriously blurred with the
retribution of a political outcome.