A federal judge ruled today that conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza will not be imprisoned for violating campaign finance laws, but instead must serve five years of probation — eight months of which he will serve in a “community confinement center” — and undergo “therapeutic counseling” during the period.
Judge Richard Berman also ruled that D’Souza, who was charged with campaign finance fraud by using his friends to funnel extra donations to a Republican Senate candidate, must also pay $30,000 in fines and perform one day of community service per week for the duration of his probation, reports The Smoking Gun.
D’Souza, who long maintained that he was targeted by the Department of Justice for his criticisms of the Obama Administration, pled for leniency in his sentencing. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office, however, argued for D’Souza to be sent to prison for up to 16 months, saying that his actions were “serious and strikes at the heart of our federal election system.”
According to this free legal dictionary, a community confinement center is “a condition of probation or supervised release,” and involves “residence in a halfway house, restitution center, community treatment center, mental health facility, alcohol or drug rehabilitation center, or other community facility.” Whatever it is, it’s in San Diego, which must mean it’s fairly nice.
[The Smoking Gun]
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