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Jesse Jackson's Sentencing "Advocacy"

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., pleaded guilty to siphoning off about three quarters of a million bucks from his campaign contributions in order to fund personal luxuries like super expensive wrist watches.  He faces prison time, but of course his lawyers and his friends want no such thing.

There is now a report that one of his buddies from Congress, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), wrote the judge a letter in "mitigation":

"Not only is he highly intelligent, he is charming and entertaining," Fudge wrote. "When things got tough or extremely difficult on the House floor, we could count on Jesse to bring levity to an otherwise daunting situation with a bad joke or a one-man skit. Jesse was the highlight of our karaoke nights and always made everyone feel like an integral part of, and not apart from, various activities. He made us realize that we could still have fun, while addressing important national issues."

I think the defense is better off with bi-polar or gambling "disorder" or Twinkies  --  or anything, really, than this.  But not having to worry about concocting mitigation from thin air is one of the joys of not being a defense lawyer.


If a person is highly intelligent, that's mitigating. On the other hand, if he is intellectually disabled, that's mitigating.

So what point on the bell curve is aggravating? Average?

Average is EXTREMELY mitigating, since it shows that the defendant is the embodiment of Everyman, and who wants to get tough on Everyman?

I learned from years of practice that the sun's coming up in the East is mitigating.

I actually sympathize with the defense lawyers in this one. You have to go with what you've got, and what you've got is an over-privileged man suffused with greed. They might yet be able to buy some psychiatric testimony, however. The syndrome du jour has become the staple of defense work.

We have a number of wise crackers here at our Correctional facility.
J.J. Jr. will fit-in right well.


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