Manafort’s sentencing shows again that white-collar criminals get off lightly | Henry N Pontell Robert H Tillman squib
Research demonstrates that white-collar defendants are likely to fare well compared to lower status offenders
The recent sentencing of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, demonstrates again that white-collar defendants in the American legal system get off lightly compared to their street counterparts.
The first sentence meted out to Manafort in Virginia would be seen as entirely misguided by almost all legal experts. Judge Ellis essentially trivialized the seriousness of the charges and politicized them in his fully biased and inappropriate remarks during the trial as due only to the special prosecutor’s quest to get to Trump. The punishment amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.