Last week, a judge took it way too easy on Paul Manafort, given the severity of his crimes, and imposed a mere four-year long prison sentence on him. Obviously and justifiably this upset a great many people, particularly those who may be in prison for much longer terms for, say, possession of marijuana. It was, to say the least, a gross sentence.
Thankfully, Judge Amy Berman Jackson added another 43 months to Manafort’s sentence today, which brings his total sentence to seven and a half years, which is still not enough, plus all of it could be erased with a pardon from Donald Trump.
However, the good news is this: The Manhattan district attorney’s office has got our backs. They have indicted Paul Manafort on 16 more counts of residential mortgage fraud and conspiracy.
“Following an investigation commenced by our Office in March 2017, a Manhattan grand jury has charged Mr. Manafort with state criminal violations which strike at the heart of New York’s sovereign interests, including the integrity of our residential mortgage market. I thank our prosecutors for their meticulous investigation, which has yielded serious criminal charges for which the defendant has not been held accountable.”
In other words, the 69-year-old Manafort will almost certainly die in jail. I couldn’t think of a better fate.
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