Joe Scarborough Slams Paul Manafort’s Light Sentence: It ‘Damaged American Democracy’
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is appalled with Paul Manafort‘s light sentence.
The former Trump campaign CEO was sentenced to 47 months in prison on Thursday for bank fraud, tax fraud and a litany of financial crimes. As Scarborough talked about this on Friday with his panel for Morning Joe, he called it an “absolutely shocking sentence” that suggests “there are two Americas when it comes to justice: if you’re a wealthy, white white-collar criminal you’re treated one way, and if not, you’re treated another.”
As the panel went through the details of Manafort’s court appearance and the pending sentence he will soon face for additional charges of conspiracy, Scarborough questioned why the judge decided to be so lenient given the number of Manafort’s crimes and the impact they’ve had on American society.
“Given the length of time that Paul Manafort engaged in these crimes and given the fact that he did it at the highest levels of government and given that it could be argued that it damaged American democracy, how in the world could this judge go so far below the guidelines?”
MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained that sentencing guidelines exist on an advisory basis and that people charged with Manafort’s crimes typically face jail terms underneath the given sentencing range.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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