LifeZette: Clinton Judge's Insane Obsession

Originally posted at LifeZette.

The topic of “criminal justice reform” is all the rage these days. Politicians in both parties are proposing ways to re-examine, among other things, prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders. Indeed, there is much about our current justice system that needs fixing. But we imagine the president isn’t losing much sleep about Dinesh D’Souza’s case.

His film 2016: Obama’s America is the second-highest grossing documentary of all time. His books about conservatism and Christianity are national bestsellers. His debates and speeches on college campuses attract overflow crowds.

Simply put, he has been one of the most effective advocates for conservatism of his generation.

But now he has one more entry in his Wikipedia listing: felon. What was D’Souza’s crime? Briefly, in 2012 he exceeded the federal campaign finance limit when he gave an extra $20,000 to a longtime college friend, Wendy Long, who was running against New York’s Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. (Full disclosure: Long is also a close friend of some of us.) D’Souza pleaded guilty to using “straw donors” to fund Long’s campaign rather than face a prosecution hell-bent on sending him to prison for a crime that, with similar facts, results in fine and community service.

There’s no sugar coating the fact that D’Souza’s actions were unwise and careless. But there’s also no doubt that his motive was based on friendship, not what the underlying law was enacted to prevent—corruption.

Putting aside the question of whether D’Souza was the victim of selective prosecution (and there’s a strong case others have made there), we believe he’s now the victim of selective punishment.

Consider the campaign finance case of another prominent American, hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal. A successful businessman and lifelong liberal, Chatwal is a big donor and bundler for Hillary Clinton and several other Democratic candidates.

Let’s compare the facts of each case (both heard in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York). First, Dinesh gave $20,000 more than the campaign finance laws allow. Chatwal gave $180,000 to three candidates — or nine times the amount that Dinesh did.

Second, D’Souza gave money without expecting anything in return. He donated to a friend, and his motive was to help at a time when her opposition was outspending her by a factor of 10. There was no quid pro quo. By contrast, Chatwal gave the money to buy political favors. In fact, he was caught on tape saying that without the contributions, “nobody will even talk to you,” adding, “That’s the only way to buy them, get into the system.” Chatwal’s intentions were corrupt, while D’Souza’s were not.

Third, Chatwal was also convicted of witness tampering. The government recorded him trying to convince a witness to lie under oath. In sum, there is no comparison between these two cases—neither in motive, nor in the magnitude of the crime.

Now let’s compare their punishments. Dinesh was sentenced to eight months in a confinement center. Chatwal received no prison time, no confinement, and a $500,000 fine.

D’Souza received five years of probation; Chatwal received three years.

Regarding community service, D’Souza got three years, which adds up to over 2,000 hours. Chatwal got less than half of that — 1,000 hours of community service.

Richard Berman, a Clinton appointee, is the federal judge presiding over the D’Souza case. Ironically, the judge in Chatwal’s case was a Reagan appointee.

Justice is served not only on the basis of whether someone violated the law — the penalties should also fit the crime. It’s hard to have faith in a criminal justice system when defendants who commit offenses of similar gravity do not receive similar punishments. Such is the case here.

But, as with the old Ginsu knives commercial, there’s more! Berman has now ordered D’Souza to undergo additional psychological counseling. This despite the fact that two independent medical psychiatrists have testified that D’Souza is of a sound mental state, suffering from no mental issues such as depression. D’Souza’s personal therapist also wrote to the judge saying he needed no further counseling.

Nevertheless, Berman, who is apparently a psych major from college, believes his expertise trumps that of these certified medical practitioners. How is this fair? If D’Souza wasn’t a successful conservative opposing the Obama agenda, would Berman be taking such extraordinary steps? What if D’Souza was, let’s say, a guy who supported Planned Parenthood and politicians such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi?

If only D’Souza could petition someone to order a psych evaluation and counseling for the judge.

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11 Comments

  • Glora Ulrop says:

    July 26, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Oh judge. Still can’t find your big boy pants?

  • Gary Brown says:

    July 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Great article on breaking down the difference between you and the “other guy”. Liberals will just point to you being crazy, over-zealous and hateful of BO and other liberals. I say keep up with what you are doing… don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. The truth shall set you… and us free.

  • Kevin birdsong says:

    July 26, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    i am sorry that you have been, and are still being punished for trying to help a friend in need. But I want to thank you for bringing all the information to the majority of the sane thinkers in America. Our country would be in a much better place had you been around a little longer than you have. Keep up the fantastic work you have always done. God bless you, and God bless America!

  • Judy Rice says:

    July 26, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    I saw your movie…2016…. and thought it was very fair, educational and thought provoking!!! NEVER give up Mr. D’souza!!! You are 10 times(actually Way more than that) smarter than Obama and Hillary.

  • Linda says:

    July 26, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The judge was very unfair to Dsouza. The judge is the one who’s needs a shrink or removed from the bench. Must be a friend of Obama. Maybe someone should look into other cases this judge ruled on. If you have money and/or dem your good to go.

  • Tom Holzel says:

    July 26, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Coming next–a full IRS audit for the past 20 years.

  • rockeggroll says:

    July 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Judge looks like something out of the 1700’s. Why do the left always have the creepiest looking creeps?

  • tom vestal says:

    July 26, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    God Bless you and your work, Mr. D’Souza

  • Richar L. Lucas says:

    July 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Friend, thank you for your challenging, thought provoking work speaking truth concerning political and social issues in such a powerful, effective manner. There is an eternal law that states that whatsoever a man (human) sows, that shall he also reap. You were honest about your mistake and like a man faced the consequences in a straightforward manner. There is no question that political corruption and persecution has become SOP for this administrations and the Democratic Party. Their day of reaping will certainly come, and not be long in coming.

  • Thomas Michael Ross says:

    July 27, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Just a warm welcome and a distant hand shake Sir. You are a rare American patriot so deserving of the freedoms our liberties provide. Yet the infiltrators of our constitutional premises trespass against us. The Lords prayer be with you Sir D,SOUZA.

  • Carol Thompson says:

    August 1, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    It makes my blood boil to hear what they are constantly trying to do to you. If only we had more Americans like you. I pray come November 2016 this will all end. Thank you for your courage and fighting for this country.