Declaring himself “disgraced and humiliated” and “ashamed and contrite,” Dinesh D’Souza is throwing himself at the mercy of the court, asking the judge in his election law violation case to be lenient on him and give him probation and community service rather than a jail term.
The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has asked a federal judge to sentence him to probation and community service after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.
In a Wednesday court filing, D’Souza’s lawyers said their client will present himself as a “disgraced and humiliated man” who acted out of character by having two “straw donors” donate $10,000 each to his friend Wendy Long’s unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York, and then reimbursing them.
The sentencing recommendation includes an unusual statement from D’Souza, 53, to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, who will impose sentence at a Sept. 23 hearing.
D’Souza said the means he chose to help Long, a Republican he had known since both attended Dartmouth College, was “completely aberrant,” and has led to his credibility as a public figure to be called into question. He added there was “zero chance” he would commit the crime again.
“I cannot believe how stupid I was, how careless, and how irresponsible,” D’Souza wrote.
“I took a short-cut, knowing that there was a campaign limit and trying to get around the limit,” he continued. “This should not have happened, and I am ashamed and contrite that it did.”
The Mumbai-born D’Souza, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1991, proposed community service that could involve teaching, instructing new immigrants in English, or working at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
He faces up to two years in prison if the judge imposes the maximum penalty under the plea agreement D’Souza reached with prosecutors. You know, it would be a whole lot easier to buy this apology and declarations of humiliation and contrition if he hadn’t spent so much time after being charged accusing the government of selective prosecution and denying he had done anything wrong. That isn’t how contrition works.