Kudos to a liberal blog that’s fighting to help a Republican who is being mistreated by the Justice Department

Hats off to Josh Marshall and the folks at left-leaning “Talking Points Memorandum” (TPM) for shining a light on what they believe is an injustice against Kevin A. Ring at the hands of the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors are maintaining that Ring, whom TPM describes as a “Jack Abramoff crony,” should face 17 to 22 years in prison for his part in the corruption. Such a sentence would “exceed[] the time served by all 20 other defendants in the conspiracy combined.” Abramoff himself — the GOP lobbiest at the heart of the corruption scandal — only served three years, six months. TPM is contending that the draconian sentence is improper retaliation against Ring for refusing to plead guilty. At a post-trial hearing, a judge described the 17 to 22 year sentence as “a pretty big penalty for exercising a constitutional right,” a characterization it’s hard to argue with.

Perhaps if the shoe were on the other foot, conservative commentators would rally around a Democrat facing analogous mistreatment at the hands of a Republican administration. I’d like to think so. But whether that’s true or not, it’s quite decent of TPM to be setting such a good example.


About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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One Response to Kudos to a liberal blog that’s fighting to help a Republican who is being mistreated by the Justice Department

  1. hortonw says:

    We should do the right thing even though the other party might not do the right thing, were roles reversed. So, let’s not seek such a draconian sentence for Ring and let’s appreciate a liberal blogger for pointing it out.

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