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Bad Judgment Cuts Fumo Break
WILK News Radio (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PA) ^ | 7/15/09 | Steve Corbett

Posted on 07/16/2009 4:05:11 AM PDT by Born Conservative

We get it even if the judge doesn’t.

The people comprehend the severe nature of the public corruption that put former super State Sen. Vince Fumo in federal court in Philadelphia yesterday for sentencing.

Although a jury unanimously found Fumo guilty of 137 felony counts, U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter sentenced the ruthless politician to only 55 months in prison.

Probation officials decided in a pre-sentence report that Fumo could have served 27 years behind bars. The judge reduced that possibility to 12 years then sentenced him to four years and seven months.

Hardened cons often say they could do that kind of time standing on their heads.

In this case, the judge turned the system upside down.

Buckwalter let us down hard.

The judge is not only out of the loop, he’s as loopy a justice as I ever encountered in more than three decades covering crime.

Still, Buckwalter’s dynamic dysfunction makes us more powerful than he is. Even though the public servant on the bench blew his responsibilities to serve justice and uphold the public trust, he emboldened countless prosecutors and countless people with a renewed urge to continue the fight to root out corruption and take back our government.

For that I want to thank the goofy judge.

I might even write him a letter or request an interview. I might ask to stop by and see him the next time I visit Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell. It would be fun telling Buckwalter that the crack in his judgment is wider than the crack in the bell.

(Excerpt) Read more at wilknetwork.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: corbett; fumo; pacorruption

1 posted on 07/16/2009 4:05:11 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative

That sentence didn’t please Governor Fast Eddie Rendell who thinks a year would have been sufficient. He wants Fumo to appeal the sentence.


2 posted on 07/16/2009 4:10:22 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fresh Wind

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/news_breaking/20090715_Rendell__One_year_for_Fumo_sufficient.html


3 posted on 07/16/2009 4:13:28 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Working hard so those on public assistance don't have to.)
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To: Fresh Wind

“If I were a public official, even one year would be enough to deter me,” Rendell said.


4 posted on 07/16/2009 4:14:02 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Tribune7

Ping


5 posted on 07/16/2009 4:14:09 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Working hard so those on public assistance don't have to.)
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To: Born Conservative
I am suppose to guess what political party this fella belongs to?

Another "Name That Party" game?

6 posted on 07/16/2009 4:18:29 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Fresh Wind

Rendells a freaking crook.

The state workers had a rally to protest the budget this week. I say let em cake. The majority of them voted for the idiots who are trying to raise our taxes. Screw em.

As for Fumo it just shows if you have clout and money for a good lawyer you get off easy.


7 posted on 07/16/2009 4:19:32 AM PDT by linn37 (wake me when its my turn to be Jim Thompson or whatever his name is)
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To: Born Conservative

Real story is slob Rendell and all the dem bigwigs lining up for crooked Fumo.


8 posted on 07/16/2009 4:48:59 AM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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ping


9 posted on 07/16/2009 6:25:15 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Better to convert enemies to allies than to destroy them)
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To: Born Conservative
In fairness to Buckwalter, I don't think Fumo is any more dirty than Obama (how did Obama get his house in Chicago? How did Obama's wife get her job? etc.)

And that SOB got elected president.

Actually, I think Fumo is less dirty than Fast Eddie.

10 posted on 07/16/2009 6:29:32 AM PDT by Tribune7 (Better to convert enemies to allies than to destroy them)
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