Last we caught up with conservative media ecosystem and Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza, he had pleaded guilty to a count of making illegal campaign contributions, wriggling out from a more serious charge of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.
D'Souza was expected to serve at least four months of jail time even as prosecutors reportedly sought to send him away for 10-16 months. Looks like he's not going to jail at all.
Judge sentences conservative author Dinesh D'Souza to 8 months in community confinement center for campaign finance violation: court hearing— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 23, 2014
He will also be forced to pay a $30,000 fine, dedicate one day a week to community service during his confinement, and will remain on probation for five years.
In case you've forgotten here's what he did (via Reuters):
D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two 'straw donors' who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.
Most notably, he is avoiding jail time, which some are split about because it either would constitute excessive punishment or rob him of an opportunity to put his persecution narrative into a real context:
The world will never get Dinesh D'Souza's tearful prison memoir. But he'll get more speaker honoraria this way. http://t.co/byhyuwGax4— Jacob Lupfer (@jlupf) September 23, 2014
Judge rules Dinesh D'Souza will not go to prison, despite misleading DOJ efforts to get him there.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 23, 2014
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