Sunday, January 07, 2007

BARF ALERT - career of public service

Former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran reinforces the public image of politicians as crooks who exempt themselves from the laws they write.

He was sentenced to an astonishingly inadequate 18 months unsupervised probation for lying under oath in a civil case. The plea agreement dropped three perjury charges in exchange for a guilty plea to obstruction of justice.

US District Judge Richard G. Stearns also ordered him to pay a $25,000 fine, saying he had considered "the lack of any evil motive" by Finneran, his distinguished career of public service, and his exemplary private life. (As evidence of how much that hurt, Finnegan left the court and then returned an hour later because he'd forgotten to pay his fine and wanted to write a $25,000 check immediately to resolve the case.)

All of which is total bullshirt. Had we lied under oath even with a high priced attorney claiming we were having a bad day and had an attitude, we'd be holding up little cards with numbers in front of our chest and trying not to squint for the cameras.

But in Boston, the New York Times-owned Boston Globe quotes the creep as if he was Dan Rostenkowski.
"If I could erase that lapse in judgment, I would do so in a moment," Finneran, told reporters as he left the federal courthouse after being sentenced to 18 months of unsupervised probation. "But I cannot undo it, and the wound I have inflicted on myself will be with me and will hurt for the rest of my life."
Even the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case banally noted that he hoped it sent a powerful message to all those public officials and private citizens to be faithful to your oath."

No wonder people don't vote and Democrats want to take away our guns.

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