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Ocasio-Cortez Says Justice System 'Broken' as Critics Rip 'Atrociously Low' Sentence for Manafort

Ocasio-Cortez Says Justice System 'Broken' as Critics Rip 'Atrociously Low' Sentence for Manafort

Jake Johnson, staff writer

After President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced on Thursday to less than four years in prison for financial fraud—a far lighter punishment than the recommended 19-24 years—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was among those noting the case exemplifies the gross inequities at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system.

"In our current broken system, 'justice' isn't blind. It's bought."
—Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rich people are to be allowed some grace after all they deserve to be treated differently from the rabble.
Power and Possessions means they must have been blessed by the supreme deity.

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The US “Justice” system is working as it is intended to work: to protect and further the interests of ruling elites. You’d never hear Kshama Sawant say things like the criminal justice system is “broken.” Only so long can OAC’s mistakes (of understanding) be attributed to her naivete.

Has Manafort forfeit his material wealth?
What precisely will his financial status be when he gets out?
What would happen to an institution that engaged in business with him post-conviction?
What would happen to politicians (his trad buds) who chose to have dealings with him?

So, though he might not be indigent when he is released, if he lives that long, but would the world he returns to be anything familiar?

Would criminal types want to do deals with someone who turned state’s evidence and did time?

Would the feds be watching when he gets out, given the nature of his trial and conviction?

Somehow I can’t see harumphing over any “leniency” - looks like the guy is pretty much toast.

By the same token, yuppers, justice for those of us impoverished by the system he promoted is a whole other story.

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If the sentence were any longer, Trump would have just pardoned him.
Trump may pardon him anyway.
Quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The rich are different from us”

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"Inequality" between the 1% and the rest of us, just got greater.

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Will he be staying in the same Country Club facility that Martha Stewart stayed in? Surf and Turf for dinner…or maybe Trump will put him up for a small nightly fee?

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Don’t worry too much about Manafort. I’m sure he will be offered a multi-million dollar deal on Fox as a pundit.

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Golden Rule of Criminal Justice Reform: Thou shalt close disparities by leveling UP to greater humanity, never DOWN to greater harshness.”
*Looking into my crystal ball, I see such cases being judged and sentenced in the near future.
*The punishment for the very rich will be to receive a grant of our tax money with an apology for the inconvenience.
*The poor husband and father that stole a loaf of bread to feed his family will still go to prison for a couple of decades.
*“That’s life in these United States!”
;-})

It’s broken and getting worse as Mitch and the Fascist cabal in the Senate ram through rightwing extremest judges. Like the recent one who is 37 yrsold and get a LIFETIME position. All of the fastict judges will have to be ‘impeached’ after 2020. IT will be a big job that will take years.

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What happened to those “mandatory minimum sentences” republicans used to push for back in the Reagan era? Obviously, republicans are going soft on crime. Make sure you point that out to them.

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This is just the way a third world country works.

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They aren’t soft on crime. They are the crime.

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Yes, we must have a movement for massive impeachment and reformation of the judiciary. Also, the Senate needs to be drastically reformed to reflect a democracy. Basically, the US Senate represents the elites of the US - not the average people.

agree but that includes many in the House too. Examining there voting records and FUNDING tells all.
Follow the Money

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I’m sure he could lobby. The republicans and many of the democrats would have no problem working with him as long as the money flows.

Or to put it another way, how can you expect justice by going before the court of the unjust!

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It may not be entirely attributable to Manafort’s wealth; just as likely the wide proliferation of Republican judges. Either way, it sends the wrong (if not entirely predictable) message to society.

You mean like the Iran-Contra, criminal Ollie North!

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Fake judge Ellis gave Manafort the petty theft sentence, not the multi-million dollar rip-off artist treatment he deserves.
It’s starting to look like this whole bunch of crooks are going to get little to no punishment.