D’Souza Gets 8 Months in ‘Community Confinement Center’

The federal judge in Dinesh D’Souza’s criminal case for violating campaign finance laws has sentenced him to five years probation and 8 months in a “community confinement center,” which likely means some sort of halfway house with work release programs and community service one day a week.

Conservative writer/filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time today when a federal judge sentenced him to five years probation for violating campaign finance laws.

For the first eight months of his probation term, D’Souza will have to live in a “community confinement center” in San Diego, ordered Judge Richard Berman, who also fined D’Souza $30,000 and directed him to undergo “therapeutic counseling.” D’Souza will also have to perform one day per week of community service during his probation term.

In remarks before announcing D’Souza’s sentence, Berman said that he did not believe the defendant had accepted responsibility for his crime. “I’m not sure, Mr. D’Souza, that you get it,” said Berman, who referred to D’Souza’s claim that he was a victim of selective prosecution.

The most fascinating part of the sentencing hearing was when the judge read from a letter written to him by D’Souza’s soon-to-be ex-wife Dixie, who accused him of forging her signature and of being physically abusive. Here’s that letter:

Dixie D'Souza's Letter to Judge

This is going to be one ugly divorce.

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  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Clearly, he is a victim of selective ex-wife scorn.

  • raven

    D’Souza reminds of one the Watergate guys, G. Gordon Liddy. Of which it is said:

    …everything he touched turned to crap.

    Fired from his high paying job at NoPatriot U. for having an affair, convicted felon, and alleged wife abuser soon to be divorced. Not to mention serial liar and creationist.

    And oh, did you know xianity is the basis of all morality? Yeah, no one else has ever seen that either.

  • weaver

    He didn’t waste any time getting more spin and more lies posted:

    http://www.dineshdsouza.com/news/dsouza-sentenced-probation-no-jail-time/

  • Chiroptera

    Community confinement center? Is that one of those “country club prisons” the conservatives keep yelling about, the ones the right wing says encourage crime?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “I’m not sure, Mr. D’Souza, that you get it,”

    Judge, there’ s a long line of people before you who are pretty sure D’Souza didn’t get it, and there will be a long line after.

    I’m pretty sure D’Souza will never get it.

  • flatlander100

    In light of the allegations in his wife’s letter to the court, odds are DD will shortly announce he’s running for the GOP nomination for a Congressional seat on a Family Values platorm. He will win it.

  • Dave Maier

    Good one, Marcus.

    Also, 10 bucks says DD writes some horrible look-at-me-being-martyred-for-my-beliefs book called “Letters from Community Jail” or some such.

  • Corvus Whiteneck

    Contrast that letter with the one Shermer wrote…

  • bones

    Eight months in a ‘Community confinement center’ in San Diego? That sounds like an extended vacation to me. Wasn’t there an eight-month opening in any ‘Community Confinement Centers’ in red states?

  • theguy

    “who accused him of forging her signature and of being physically abusive”

    So much for D’Souza claiming to be morally superior because he’s Christian.

    The more they build themselves up, the harder they fall.

  • John Pieret

    Ah! D’Souza must have attended the Newt Gingrich marriage counseling center.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    bones: I’m pretty sure D’sozzled specifically begged to serve his “sentence” in one of those godawful criminal-coddling liberal states.

    And yes, this was a much more lenient sentence than I expected — especially after a letter like what I just read above.

  • thebookofdave

    Clearly a case of selective punishment. Not the kind of sentence one would get for possession of a joint or driving while black. DD was targeted for much more selective abuse.

  • birgerjohansson

    …and the work-release program will be like when Homer Simpson had to do community service, but brought sandwiches to Chief Wiggum, so he got to spend the days snoozing and chatting with Wiggum on a park bench.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Obviously, his wife is part of the liberal conspiracy to bring him down.

  • tmscott

    I think that the divorce court will be passing a much harsher sentence than the criminal court.