And don’t allow the day. Here inside. Where I hide. With my loneliness.
When disgraced flim-flammer Paul Manafort received a 47-month sentence from conservative federal judge T.S. Ellis two or three days ago, the general reaction was “too lenient! wrist slap! Well below recommended guidelines,” etc.
This morning in a follow-up sentencing for related crimes, federal Washington Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave Manafort a 73-month sentence, part of which will run concurrently with the Ellis sentence. Boiled down, Manafort will do and 7 and 1/2 years behind bars. Ellis gave him nearly four years, and Jackson, who expressed strong condemnation and very little sympathy for Manafort in her sentencing statement, added 3 and 1/2 years.
Bottom line: The Reagan-appointed Ellis gave Manafort more time than the Obama-appointed Jackson. More bottom line: With good behavior Manafort will do 68 months more (because he;s already served nine months), resulting in a grand total of five years and eight months more in the slam.
Right after the Jackson sentencing Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced an indictment of Manafort on charges “related to mortgage fraud and falsifying business records in order to obtain millions of dollars.” The idea is to ensure that gout foot will still face prison time if President Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.
Sic semper scumbaggus.
“Please let my wife and I be together,” Manafort begged Jackson before sentencing. “Please do not take away any longer than the 47 months. If not for me, then for my family.”
In a Los Angeles Review of Books piece titled “Kompromat: Or, Revelations from the Unpublished Portions of Andrea Manafort’s Hacked Texts,” Maya Gurantz explores allegations by Manafort’s daughter that he arranged (i.e., paid) for his wife Kathleen to be gang-banged in a hotel room by black dudes, while Manafort watched.