A black man selling loose cigarettes (or even driving with a burned out tail light or, heck, talking with AAA to call a tow) can result in the DEATH PENALTY.
In contrast …
Judge T S Ellis III in last Thursday’s case in the Eastern District of Virginia (in which he gave Paul Manafort a slap on the wrist) is a Reagan appointee who has been known for harsh penalties at sentencings when the accused was not a rich white guy.
Next week Manafort gets sentenced for a different set of crimes in the District of Washington, DC by Amy Berman Jackson who is an Obama appointee.
Clearly, the elitists of the Reagan aristocracy have a soft spot for those who cheat, lie and avoid financial responsibility on behalf of their fellow elitists.
Judge Ellis said that Manafort had “lived and otherwise blameless life.” Otherwise blameless? The judge knows that, “otherwise from this case,” Manafort has also pled guilty in crimes in other venues, has been a political hired hand for some of the most ruthless dictators in history, colluded with Russia (gave polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian oligarch with ties to Russian intelligence agencies with whom he also plotted to provide access of top Trump personnel with top Russians.
For all his other betrayals of working people, at least Reagan stood up to the Russians, who he called the “Evil Empire.” His appointee, Judge Ellis, also betrays Reagan, with a slap on the wrist to a former Russian foreign agent. Judge Ellis was appointed by Reagan, who called on Russians to “tear down that wall”; Judge Ellis now enables those who want to put walls up.
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