So even though sentencing guidelines we're looking at 12-25 years for 8 counts of tax and bank fraud, Judge T.S. Ellis gives Paul Manafort just 47 month, this after Ellis commenting that Manafort showed no signs of remorse.
A New York public defender put out some sentences his clients got for lesser crimes. It really paints a bad picture for how some crimes are so poorly sentenced. You steal $100 of quarters from a laundromat and you get 3-4 years in New York but you defraud banks and the government of millions of dollars and you get 47 months.
Thereís always a tension between sentencing guidelines (which tend to be extremely harsh) and judicial discretion (which ranges wildly). We see whacky sentences on both ends. Some defendants end up with 25 years in prison for stealing a pizza; others get probation for rape.
The answer is selecting the best possible judges, rather than the most politically connected judges. But, good luck there. Thatís as realistic as term limits or getting money out of politics.
Yeah, for me this isn't an indictment on Ellis, though I think he showed he might not be one of the best justices on a bench throughout this trial, but the wide ranging sentences that appear to be given out throughout the country that vary upon skin color, location, white or blue color crime, and the wealth of the defendant.
I am astounded though that after hearing from Manafort before giving his sentence and seeing and hearing for himself that Manafort had no remorse and only regretted getting caught, that Ellis commented on such yet still gave the light sentence(light being compared to sentencing guidelines, not that I think he got a light sentence).
But if this teaches the people of this country anything, it's that perhaps sentences for crimes and sentencing guidelines need to be addressed. You steal $500 by going over the counter and grabbing money out of a register at a convenience store and you get more years in jail than some lawyer who frauded the government of millions of dollars and then did the same thing to banks and did it many times.
Something is wrong there.