Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort will not be happy with this result. They were among thousands of federal prison inmates who were to be released from custody into home detention due to the coronavirus spreading throughout the prison population. Cohen and Manafort had undergone pre-release quarantine and were planning on going home. However, on Monday the policy was changed and inmates who had not served at least half of their sentence are now not eligible for early release. Manafort has served 22 months of a seven and a half year sentence and Cohen has served 11 months of a three year sentence. Politico: A federal prosecutor in New York also confirmed the shift to a court Tuesday, drawing the ire of a judge for contradicting the position the government took just three days earlier. However, shortly after this article was published Tuesday, a Justice Department spokesman suggested yet another course correction and indicated that officials at the Bureau of Prisons were confused or given inaccurate guidance about previous directives from Attorney General William Barr. “The Department confirmed to BOP this afternoon that the BOP has discretion under the Attorney General’s Memoranda on March 26 and April 3 regarding which home confinement cases are appropriate for review in order to fight the spread of the pandemic,” the Justice Department statement said. “BOP will proceed expeditiously consistent with that confirmation.” […[ “I find myself baffled at the ineptness, if not the downright cruelty displayed by the BOP,” Kevin Ring of sentencing reform group FAMM, formerly known as Families Against Mandatory Minimums, wrote in a letter to Barr and BOP Director Michael Carvajal. “To have the promise of early release snatched away under these circumstances is simply inexcusable. … Transparency would go a long way to allaying confusion and fear.” Confusion is right, although chaos seems a more appropriate word. Just one more example of what a fine tuned machine this administration is.
I swear to God, this one is going to be the original barrel that all those monkeys came in to watch go down. Ever since the start of this damn thing, I have been looking forward to seeing that cocky, smarmy grin knocked off of Roger Stone’s smug, ferret like face. And it’s going to go down next Thursday, and I think that Roger Stone is in for one helluva surprise. Since this whole thing started, Roger Stone has been strutting around like a guy who has the world by the nuts. He continued disregarding the judge’s instructions until it became clear that she might actually throw his scrawny ass in hail until the trial. He didn’t offer a guilty plea for a reduced sentence, because he didn’t need one. He didn’t offer to cooperate with the government to reduce his sentence because he didn’t need to. He didn’t even bother trying to put on a convincing defense, because he didn’t need to. Not as long as he had his demented orangutan with his magic marker right behind him. Stone played it like a mobster who knows the fix is in, because the fix is in. He has his pardon all ready and set to slap on the table. Personally, when next Thursday comes around, I think that Roger Stone is going to majorly fucking bummed. Roger Stone’s pardon isn’t going to be there, at least not when he needs it nest Thursday, and not in time to save him from a trip to the Metro Correctional Center for processing to start his term. There are a couple of reasons why I think that this is highly likely. For one thing, Donald Trump is the most fickle user of other people in history. He is your staunchest supporter and ally just so long as you are doing him some good. Just look at Paul Manafort. He played double agent for a while, and when he ran out his string on that o0ne, went to trial. He too stood tall before the man on behalf of Trump, and today he and his gout are dressed in a jumpsuit, and eating protein loaf twice a day. A quick reminder to Stone, Trump also made many solemn moo-moo noises about how unfair the whole system was to Manafort, yet there he sits. Michael Flynn got all kinds of verbal rave reviews from Trump, until he turned turtle on him. Flynn might still be cooperating had not Judge Emmett Sullivan made it clear that he intends to send Flynn to prison, and that the time frame may be measured in years instead of months. Flynn promptly dumped his legal team, got FOX approved Trump friendly lawyers, and is attempting to weasel out of his guilty plea.His Lowness has been strangely silent about Flynn, which is never a good sign in a motor mouth like Trump. The only political prisoner that Trump has pardoned is the racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and that was mistakenly because he thought Arpaio could help him in Arizona. The problem for Flynn and Stone is that it’s too late. Stone was convicted and Flynn pled guilty, Judge Berman Jackson refused Stone’s request for a new trial, and I cannot imagine judge Sullivan letting Flynn back out of his plea. They can delay the inevitable […]
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