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    DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    The Judge was extremely kind to him by not giving him any prison time, only eight months in a
    community confinement center.

    The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh DíSouza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws.

    Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan handed down a probationary sentence ó including eight months in a so-called community confinement center ó and a $30,000 fine, bringing to a close a high-profile legal battle that started with Mr. DíSouzaís indictment in January for illegally using straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in New York in 2012.

    Mr. DíSouza, who has accused President Obama of carrying out the ďanticolonialĒ agenda of his father, initially argued that he had been singled out for prosecution because of his politics. In April, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, filed court papers contending that Mr. DíSouzaís ďconsistently caustic and highly publicized criticismĒ of Mr. Obama had made him a government target.

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    The Judge was extremely kind to him by not giving him any prison time, only eight months in a
    community confinement center.

    The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws.

    Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan handed down a probationary sentence — including eight months in a so-called community confinement center — and a $30,000 fine, bringing to a close a high-profile legal battle that started with Mr. D’Souza’s indictment in January for illegally using straw donors to contribute to a Republican Senate candidate in New York in 2012.

    Mr. D’Souza, who has accused President Obama of carrying out the “anticolonial” agenda of his father, initially argued that he had been singled out for prosecution because of his politics. In April, his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, filed court papers contending that Mr. D’Souza’s “consistently caustic and highly publicized criticism” of Mr. Obama had made him a government target.

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    D’Souza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations
    Does anyone know what exactly a "community confinement center" is?

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Does anyone know what exactly a "community confinement center" is?
    They are places run by community organizers?

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Does anyone know what exactly a "community confinement center" is?
    From USLegal.com:

    Community confinement is a condition of probation or supervised release. It involves residence in a halfway house, restitution center, community treatment center, mental health facility, alcohol or drug rehabilitation center, or other community facility. It also includes participation in gainful employment, employment search efforts, vocational training, treatment, community service, educational programs, or similar other facility approved programs during their nonresidential hours. Basically community confinement is imposed as a condition of pre release custody and programming, before serving the last ten percent of the prison sentence. Community confinement is given for a period not exceeding six months.

    Community Confinement Law & Legal Definition

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    non-violent "malum prohibitum" offenses should never involve prison.



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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    non-violent "malum prohibitum" offenses should never involve prison.
    Agreed (after looking that up).

    "Criminal offenses can be broken down into two general categories malum in se and malum prohibitum. The distinction between malum in se and malum prohibitum offenses is best characterized as follows: a malum in se offense is "naturally evil as adjudged by the sense of a civilized community," whereas a malum prohibitum offense is wrong only because a statute makes it so."

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    non-violent "malum prohibitum" offenses should never involve prison.
    if you commit fraud - especially to manipulate public elections - you deserve to go to jail
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    if you commit fraud - especially to manipulate public elections - you deserve to go to jail
    When can we expect Michael Moore to be imprisoned?
    ďI think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whatís being proposed here, heíd agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.Ē - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    When can we expect Michael Moore to be imprisoned?
    please share the link showing us the fraud michael moore perpetrated
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: DíSouza Is Spared Prison Time for Campaign Finance Violations

    Quote Originally Posted by Porchev View Post
    Agreed (after looking that up).

    "Criminal offenses can be broken down into two general categories malum in se and malum prohibitum. The distinction between malum in se and malum prohibitum offenses is best characterized as follows: a malum in se offense is "naturally evil as adjudged by the sense of a civilized community," whereas a malum prohibitum offense is wrong only because a statute makes it so."
    Malum in se are violent crimes, and malum prohibitum are regulatory crimes of a non-violent nature. White collar crimes really.

    I agree with Turtle. Violent people need to be in prison, the others not.

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