Former Prosecutor: Judge Ellis Showed Mercy to Manafort by Sentencing Him to Only 47 Months in Prison for Tax and Bank Fraud

WASHINGTON – U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis showed mercy to Paul Manafort by sentencing him to only 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud, according to former special prosecutor Ken Starr.

“He was tempering justice with mercy. Here is a 67-year-old defendant who’s obviously not in the best of health,” Starr said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“And Judge Ellis made a very interesting comment about federal prisons. And I’ve been in a number, as a visitor, of federal prisons. People die, not through terrible things happening, but just it’s a very stressful place. And so I think Judge Ellis, who’s been on the bench for 30 years, understood that and I think he also just said to Bob Mueller’s prosecutors, ‘This is really excessive. What you are seeking is really excessive.’”

Ellis called the judicial guidelines of 19 to 24.5 years in prison “excessive” when he sentenced Manafort on Thursday.

Host John Berman brought race into the discussion, saying young black men are receiving far greater sentences than an “aging white guy convicted of tax fraud.”


FIGHT BIG TECH: CONTRIBUTE $$$ TO "HELP HOLD BIG-TECH ACCOUNTABLE"

Big Tech is using a content filtering system for online censorship. Take a few moments and watch our short video about NewsGuard to learn how they control the narrative for the Lamestream Media and help keep you in the dark. NewsGuard works with Big-Tech to make it harder for you to find certain content they feel is 'missing context' or stories their editors deem "not in your best interest" - regardless of whether they are true and/or factually accurate. They also work with payment processors and ad-networks to cut off revenue streams to publications they rate poorly by their same bias standards. This should be criminal in America. You can bypass this third-world nonsense and help support us by signing up for featured stories by email and get the good stuff delivered right to your inbox. Want to help us fight back against these tech tyrants? Contribute to our fundraiser..
 

“There are two aspects to that,” Berman said. “Number one, you say it’s really tough, federal prison is. Well, it’s equally tough for young black men who get convicted of crimes that people don’t think … or they think why are they being convicted of crimes and getting far bigger sentences than [an] aging white guy convicted of tax fraud when that is a crime?”

“Each situation has to be analyzed by the judge as opposed to ‘I’m going to do a lot of comparisons here.’ That’s why you have a pre-sentencing report,” Starr replied.

“The pre-sentencing report looks at the person’s entire life. So you’re right. Are there disparities? That’s the reason we have sentencing guidelines. But it’s also the reason that Congress has seen fit to give judges the ability, it’s reviewable, so we’ll see if the prosecutors decide, ‘You know, we’re going to appeal this downward departure.’ So they have the authority to do that.”

You can Follow Nick on Twitter


Comment via Facebook

Corrections: If you are aware of an inaccuracy or would like to report a correction, we would like to know about it. Please consider sending an email to corrections@publishedreporter.com and cite any sources if available. Thank you. (Policy)