One of the people who has written a letter to the judge in Dinesh D’Souza’s criminal case asking for a lenient sentence is none other than Michael Shermer. If he really means what he says in that letter, it may be time to stop referring to him as a skeptic. Here’s the full letter:
I know all about this multiverse thing, but it’s really hard to imagine a possible universe in which Dinesh D’Souza is even hypothetically “forthright” and “honest.” No rational person, certainly no one who claims to be a skeptic, could listen to his debates, in which he consistently distorts reality because that is what is required to make the arguments he wishes to make, and conclude that he is anything other than dishonest to the core.
Nor could any rational person really believe that he is an “important voice in our national conversation.” He may once have been such a voice a couple decades ago, but he long ago realized that there is serious money to be made peddling bizarre conspiracy theories rather than serious scholarship.
Having said all that, I don’t think he should get the maximum sentence, which I believe is 16 months. I think 30-60 days in a county jail would be a reasonable sentence for the crime he committed, which he admits to committing and admits that he knew it was a crime when he did it. But 16 months seems quite excessive to me.