I believe the sentence was fair
I believe the sentence was too harsh
I think he should have gotten 10yrs, but no more
I believe he has been humiliated enough, no need for jail, just fine him
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Well, I'll be damned !
And in a most pleasant way. I am in the majority.
"Punishment" should be effective and inexpensive, throwing him to rot in jail accomplishes little, and is the old way of doing things.
However , this character will bear watching, probably for as long as he lives...This ,I think, will still be cheaper than incarceration, the conservative method of punishment..
i can't wait to see if he changes names to "protect the innocent" in his memoirs, which will be carefully written. i can't help but think he is taking a bullet for the team, including obama. it's a dirty political culture in illinois. i hope he does interviews. i think he was railroaded. i don't think we know 10% of the whole.
Politics is dirty everywhere. It's a dirty business. If you want to get ahead in politics, you end up associating with some not so wonderful people by virtue of them being in your party. That's true no matter what side of the spectrum you're on.
if i ran a poll asking what american city was known for a style of corrupt politcs, how would that play. i was born and raised in chicago in the 60/70's. it's hard to describe. i will agree with you that politics can be dirty everywhere, but four illinois governors will have done time, since i was born, including one republican. i do kind of like blago, i might even have crossed paths with him in high school. it's a fabulous story. i don't think he should serve 14 years.
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Prison should be reserved for those who do pose a physical danger, who need to be isolated for the protection of everyone else. Erosion of the public trust can be punished in ways other than cages. House arrest, ankle bracelet, public shaming, heavy fines, community service, barring him from ever holding office again, etc. Similar to the ways we could/should punish most other crimes. The fact that locking people in cages is the default punishment for any wrongdoing whatsoever is unconscionable.As the judge noted, one need not pose a physical danger to society in order to to inflict harm on that society. The judge valued these crimes not on the $1.5 million price tag for the Senate seat, but for the incalculable damage and erosion inflicted on the public trust.
Last edited by Kandahar; 12-10-11 at 03:31 PM.
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