Twitter just exploded in fury at news of Manafort’s slap-on-the-wrist sentence

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On Thursday evening, Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to a meager 47 months in prison for a laundry list of crimes, including money laundering, tax evasion, and defrauding banks.

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Manafort was facing up to 25 years in prison, but for some inexplicable reason Judge Ellis considered the sentencing guidelines to be “excessive” and that except for literally decades of crime, he had lived an otherwise “blameless life.”

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That statement is breathtaking in its mendacity and its callous disregard for the lives lost and suffering inflicted by the clients he lobbied for and whose actions he defended in Washington. Manafort spent his entire career serving the whims of murderous right-wing dictators, the lobbying firm he ran with Roger Stone known as the “torturer’s lobby” for its despicable clientele. His children were so disgusted that they routinely referred to their family fortune as “blood money.”

The judge is clearly biased in favor of Manafort, perhaps due to his politics or his role in securing the Trump campaign’s victory in the 2016 election, or perhaps he’s a coward scared of the president’s wrath in a such a high-profile case, because Ellis is not exactly known for his leniency when it comes to sentencing:

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It is beyond infuriating and is a damning indictment of our justice system to see that a rich white man can flagrantly commit crimes for decades and bootlick for the most despicable people in the world and all he has do is claim that he’s been “praying” and beg for compassion to get a pat on the head and a slap on the wrist.

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The reaction from social media was understandably aghast:

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https://twitter.com/aravosis/status/1103816533929836544

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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