Judge: No Dinesh, You May Not Delay Your Sentence

You almost have to hand it to Dinesh D’Souza, the man has chutzpah. After publicly declaring how thrilled he was with his sentence, which contained no prison time, he then asked the judge to delay the eight months he was to stay in a halfway house so he could promote his new movie. The judge was not amused.

A federal judge who spared Dinesh D’Souza prison time for illegal-campaign contributions shot down the conservative filmmaker’s nervy request to push back reporting to a halfway house until after January because his agenda was filled with “professional commitments.”

“Application respectfully denied. The court is, in fact, surprised that its 9/23/14 sentence is not already in effect,” Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman wrote D’Souza’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman Wednesday.

Brafman in a letter thanked the judge for sparing D’Souza prison but claimed his “very creative sentence” puts his client, a well known public speaker, in “conflict” with professional commitments, including being “contractually committed to a number of universities and not-for-profits over the next few months.”

Awww. You mean the crimes he intentionally committed are now disrupting his life a bit? How terrible for him.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    Here’s an idea: he has to stay in the halfway house, but he gets to install cameras and turn it into a reality show so that he can promote his movie while he’s there.

    As for pre-contracted university appearances:

    1) What, he didn’t see this coming? How would he deal with those appearances if he had to serve the sentence he should have served?

    2) He should learn to use Skype.

    3) I guess he could pass it off as community service of the “kids, don’t do what I did” variety, in which we have the dregs of society influencing our children.

  • John Pieret

    The court is, in fact, surprised that its 9/23/14 sentence is not already in effect,

    In other words, get your ass out there. The easy thing for this judge to do would have been to sentence D’Ooze to the 10 month minimum prison time and be done with it. Instead, the judge went out of his way to give him a lighter sentence and all D’Ooze has been doing since is shitting on the judge. Federal judges are not famed for their patience and D’Ooze better not push him too far.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    He’s a conservative, so he’s just showing personal responsibility.

    Which, in this case, is attempting to be personally responsible for not doing the time for doing the crime. I think.

  • rabbitscribe

    “… if he had to serve the sentence he should have served?”

    The sentence he received is entirely unremarkable. Even lawyers often miscalculate the notoriously complicated federal sentencing guidelines, Journalists invariably do.


    “In other words, get your ass out there.”

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons tells him when to report and where.

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

    This reminds me of Ernie Preate, the form PA Attorney General who was convicted on corruption charges back in the 90s. At his sentencing, he asked the judge if he could be sent to a minimum security prison in Florida because he’d heard they had a golf course and he wanted to work on his game while in the pokey. The judge wasn’t amused and sent him to a prison in Duluth.

  • Chiroptera


    D’Souza: I did a very bad thing, and I’m very, very sorry. Can you give me a lenient sentence?

    Judge: Okay, because you admit guilt and express remorse, I won’t give you the maximum possible sentence.


    D’Souza back in court: Oh, by the way, can you delay the start of my sentence?

    Is that kind of how it played out?

  • gorgias

    I strongly suspect that D’Souza is laying the groundwork for when his new movie tanks. He’ll blame the judge for not letting him promote it and claim that the Obama administration deliberately conspired to make his film fail.

  • Alverant

    This is why he needed immediate jail time. He still doesn’t grasp the idea he did something wrong.

  • cjcolucci

    D’Souza has been a child of the wingnut welfare system all of his nominally adult life. How can we blame him for his sense of entitlement and irresponsibility now?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    John Pieret @ # 2: Federal judges are not famed for their patience and D’Ooze better not push him too far.

    Perhaps not “better” for Dinesh D’S personally… but for justice itself and at least its semblance in our modern USA, the madder the judge the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/connorbd BrianX

    On places like American Thinker and The Blaze, they’re talking about “reeducation camps” and invoking Solzhenytsin.

  • whheydt

    Re: Pierce R. Butler @ #10…

    So long as he doesn’t get the judge made enough to say something that gets a appellate court mad at *him*. Anything short of that…go for it.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Don’t you just hate it when criminal penalties are inconvenient?

    Oh, wait, that is the point of criminal penalties! Because you are being punished!

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    The crimes he committed aren’t disrupting his life. Getting caught is. That’s an important distinction if you’re Dinesh.