D’Souza’s probably going to jail

I guess his faith didn’t help him, for according to New York’s Daily News, Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty to felony violations of campaign finance laws (he was originally charged with making false statements, but those charges were apparently dropped in the plea bargain).

The feds will dismiss the false statements count when D’Souza is sentenced on Sept. 23. The illegal contributions count carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, but his plea deal calls for 10 to 16 months behind bars.

That certainly implies jail, but the News adds

D’Souza will likely seek a more lenient sentence but may be fined up to $250,000.

“I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” D’Souza, wearing a black suit and colorful tie, said softly in court.

Poor Dinesh! I do not think he’ll do well in the pen.


  1. @eightyc
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Well too bad he already believes in Jesus!

    He can’t use Jesus as an excuse to turn his life around in the Pen.

    He doesn’t qualify for a “coming to Jesus” moment!


    • Ignostic Atheist
      Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      But he does qualify for a “Coming to reality” moment.

      Not that I think he will.

    • dbgb1986
      Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      You’re right. However, he might try to use the “We Christians are especially sinners, and we admit when we’re wrong, and we hope that you forgive us, as Jesus would” and blah blah bullshit lol

      • Doug
        Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

        As the bumper sticker says, “Christians aren’t perfect. Just forgiven.”

  2. GBJames
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I almost feel sort for him. He always seemed rather a dim bulb.

  3. ploubere
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Maybe he can alter his genes and grow wings to fly out of the prison yard.

    • Doug
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      When St. Peter was imprisoned, his followers prayed for his release. In response, God sent an angel to free him (Acts 12:1-19). Christians should try praying now. Hey, if it happened once, it could happen again, and there are tens of millions more Christians now than in St. Peter’s time, so their prayers should be even more effective.

  4. Kip
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like this guy isn’t a member of Mensa.

  5. Timothy Hughbanks
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ll believe D’Souza is going to jail when I see it. Of course, D’Souza is just a multimillionaire, not in the same league with Alice Walton who has been arrested for a couple of DUI offenses. The woman is worth $20 billion and was fined $925.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink

      Well, you see, if you are rich then you have affluenza which means that it is never your fault.

  6. Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Well, I wonder why anyone took his film 2016 seriously. 🙂

  7. Kurtis Rader
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    That Dinesh D’Souza might serve some time in jail is music to my ears. Even if he doesn’t spend any time in jail this is a major blow to a right-wing theocrat. It might (at least in my dreams) cause others of his ilk to pause before lying for jebus. Yeah, I know, I’m more likely to find a pink unicorn in my back yard tomorrow morning.

    • Glinda the Good
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 3:39 am | Permalink

      Probably are more likely to find just that. These types invariably rally around one another in these cases (the only time they might not close ranks quite so much is in cases like the televangelist scandals, where there was a lot of jockeying and jealousy for money and power).

      D’Souza’s pals will more likely try to play this as just one more example of how the Godly Right is being persecuted in this country, and attempt to hold him up as some sort of martyr figure. The best that can be hoped for is that not too many people will fall for it.

  8. dbgb1986
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Praise the Lord! (Kidding, kidding.) In all seriousness, it’s nice to see when the Justice System actually works correctly. This appears to be an example of that.

  9. Stephen Barnard
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    His attorney’s statement was a masterpiece.

  10. Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hm. Maybe “I see a point here and a point there, but there’s a lot of bull in between, Your Honor” wasn’t the best defense…

    (oblique reference to D’Souza’s awesomez debating catch phrase)

  11. Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Timothy H. probably has it about right. The full fine amount, suspended sentence/a few months tops, supervised probation for a couple of years. The best part of this will be seeing who from his ideological clan sticks with him vs who stays silent, and whether any righty media mouthpieces state he asked for it.

    Even more remarkable will be if a righty says “Yeah, Dinesh broke the law, but …” and then lists a litany of notables from the left who got away with the same or worse.

    Even more remarkable than that: if any Dem “crimes” juxtaposed against what D’Sewer is convicted of are presented without any creative dodgy editing by the paragons of virtue representing the Party of Values.

    • Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      I wish in para 2 I’d typed what I am actually thinking which is ‘… more remarkable if a righty says …’ and then does not go on to list ‘a litany of notables …’.

  12. walkingmap
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    D’Souza will is a simple white collar criminal who will be fine in a country club prison for his sentence, however many 10’s of months it will last. He won’t be in Leavenworth and will probably have conjugal visits with the “woman who was the cause”** of his firing from The King’s College.
    **Christian moral logic, not mine.
    He’ll be fine, and come out as just another martyr for his Christian cause … Christ how predictable …

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

      and will probably have conjugal visits with the “woman who was the cause”** of his firing from The King’s College.
      **Christian moral logic, not mine.

      Sorry, I’ve been treating this subject with the contempt it deserves. I though it was about some financial irregularities or theft or something. Was he porking the staff/ students/ someone-elses’ wife too? Or all of the above?

  13. Stephen Barnard
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    The really outrageous thing about this isn’t the petty crime. It’s that he proclaimed his innocence for months, and had the nerve to blame his plight on payback for criticizing Obama, and now he’s sniveling before the judge and the public through his lawyer.

    • JBlilie
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Yes, he soooooo honest, isn’t he?

  14. Kevin
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Martha Stewart ended up at “Camp Cupcake”. I wonder where Dinesh will end up?

    • JBlilie
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      Well, it really makes sense (seriously) to house people like D’Souza and Stewart at minimum security facilities. They are not a violence or flight risk, so why spend tons more taxpayer dollars on them?

      I don’t really care whether they do “hard time” or not. Being deprived of your freedom, having your dirty laundry aired in public and being show up to be a liar are pretty bad for some one like D’Souza. He isn’t going to like it and it’s going to burn.

      • eric
        Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

        Also, I think afterwards he can expect the IRS to look more closely at his expenditures. That might be the worst punishement of all – after this, candidates will ignore him because they know he can’t get away with the large illegal donations they realy want.

      • Ignostic Atheist
        Posted May 21, 2014 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        Unless he’s a genuine psychopath, in which case he doesn’t care.

  15. Stephen Barnard
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    His right to vote, right to hold public office, right to possess a firearm and right to sit on a jury have been revoked.

    • Posted May 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Now is the time to also revoke his membership to the league of the sane and reasonable. Permanently.

      Well, on further thought, it’s not like he had permanent membership status to begin with.

      What a Moran.

    • Achrachno
      Posted May 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Right to vote? I gathered he’s a NY state resident and I don’t think they do that there. That’s more of a southern thing, I believe. But, I’ve not looked up the law in NY and I’ve never lived there.

    • JBlilie
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      All that depends on a the state (at least the gun and vote things do). He’ll be let off lightly.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 5:54 am | Permalink

      Oh, so he’s an American. I wasn’t sure – just that I thought it was something in America.
      But, I thought that juries were meant to be “of your peers”, and therefore between 1 and 2% of jurors should be time-serving (or perhaps for logistical reasons, time-served) prisoners.
      Just a second, wasn’t “Shrub” a convicted felon for drugs and drunk-driving, or something equally righteous?

  16. mordacious1
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I think he’ll be okay in prison. God will protect him. Right?

  17. Filippo
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    ” . . . D’Souza, wearing a black suit and colorful tie, said softly in court.”

    Well, everybody has to wear some kind of clothing in public.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 5:59 am | Permalink

      Well, everybody has to wear some kind of clothing in public.

      Steven Gough would disagree, vigorously, with you. And unlike many vigorous disagreers, he does have the courage of his convictions. And the convictions of his courage.
      And he does it in decidedly sub-tropical Scotland (and less-than tropical Englandshire too).

  18. rickflick
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Who remembers him serving as a punching bag for Christopher Hitchens in debates for Hitch’s book tour. I hope the sentence isn’t too long. I think I would miss D’Souza’s entertainment value.

  19. Posted May 21, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    tasty tasty schadenfreude

    • OptimusPrime
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:34 am | Permalink


  20. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s comforting when someone gets in trouble for this sort of thing, given how often we see billionaires influencing political outcomes through campaign support and powerful lobby groups.

    There was something strange about the description of him “wearing a black suit and colourful tie”. It made me wonder if his tie somehow affected the outcome – his fashionable “splash of colour”. 🙂

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Well, I looked at the picture and that tie does rather jump out at you. (I like bold ties, FWIW.) I agree that that sounds strange in a news article, but the Daily News is pretty much of a sensationalist gossip rag, IIRC.

      • Filippo
        Posted May 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

        Were a female involved they’d be sure to inform us of her sartorial status.

        • Diane G.
          Posted May 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink


    • Rich Cook
      Posted May 26, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      I don’t understand this. Why did he even do this? Was there a cap on his donations? I thought that money was speech now. Why is Mr. D’Souza not allowed to contribute obscene amounts of money? Doesn’t this violate his free speech rights? We have all these campaign finance laws and yet corruption is rampant.

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