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Old April 28th, 2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months for Non-Crime

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert probably deserves to be in prison more than many people who are already there. But the way he's going to get there spells bad news for ordinary, peaceful Americans.

Today, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the made-up "crime" of structuring, which is a situation in which a person withdraws cash from a bank in amounts designed to not trigger mandatory reporting on the withdrawals to federal agents.

In other words, it's a crime to comply with the law in America. If you change your activities to adhere to the letter of the law, that's a crime.

The only way you would know this, however, is to read today's articles on Hastert's sentencing very, very carefully.

After all, most of the media coverage gives the impression that Hastert is being sentenced for alleged crimes of sexual abuse. I say "alleged" because, thanks to the statute of limitations in Illinois, Hastert can't be tried for the real crimes of sexual abuse.

But real crimes such as preying on underaged teenagers should not be confused with the non-crime of withdrawing cash "improperly" from a bank account. Not even the judge in this case, who kept referring to the sexual abuse accusations, is well-informed enough to make the distinction. Or, more probably, the judge was simply grandstanding from the bench.



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Hastert may very well be a sexual predator, and if that's so, he should be punished for that very-real crime. If there's a problem with the statute of limitations, then that should be addressed. What has happened in the Hastert case, though, is something else entirely. The federal government has used a federal non-crime as a back-up plan for prosecuting a man who hasn't been convicted of the actual crime for which he's being targeted.

The existence of these federal non-crimes presents a very dangerous reality for ordinary people. If true crimes can't be proven in a court of law, then the federal government, if properly motivated, will simply reach into its bag of tricks and find some sort of federal non-crime that can be used to punish the accused instead. Such "offenses" could be structuring, or "lying to federal agents" (as in the case of Martha Stewart) or use of the RICO act to convict people for unrelated financial acts that involve no criminal intent at all.

Even ignoring any sex crimes, Dennis Hastert spent much of his life as a despicable politico, supporting and funding crimes against ordinary people, either in the form of war crimes, domestic spying, or through his support of the federal machine that now is taking him down. He'll be missed by few.


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Another irony? Hastert cannot be prosecuted for his admitted sexual misconduct with minors. However, the individual that blackmailed him for $1.7 million plus? Blackmail is a serious crime. Hastert certainly belongs in prison, however not for a made up money crime. He's 74, in bad health. He's still recovering from a stroke. He's not going to be there long.
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Another irony? Hastert cannot be prosecuted for his admitted sexual misconduct with minors. However, the individual that blackmailed him for $1.7 million plus? Blackmail is a serious crime. Hastert certainly belongs in prison, however not for a made up money crime. He's 74, in bad health. He's still recovering from a stroke. He's not going to be there long.
15 mo in a plush fed prison. he will be doped up in the prison hospital between tennis lessons for 9 mo or so.

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15 mo in a plush fed prison. he will be doped up in the prison hospital between tennis lessons for 9 mo or so.

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You might not know this but he had a debilitating stroke in January. He's 74-years-old. He's not going to be playing tennis. He can barely walk with help. I think he has just gotten to where he can dress himself again. He is going to be drooling on himself sitting in a wheelchair off in a corner of the dry room. Personally, it suits him. He'll die with a destroyed reputation. And I'm all for it.

While he gets to keep his congressional pension, I believe that he lost his school retirement pension because of this conviction. Again, I'm not saddened by that. Truthfully, the other thing that this has done is make it to where he will not have to continue to pay out millions to keep it quiet.
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You might not know this but he had a debilitating stroke in January. He's 74-years-old. He's not going to be playing tennis. He can barely walk with help. I think he has just gotten to where he can dress himself again. He is going to be drooling on himself sitting in a wheelchair off in a corner of the dry room. Personally, it suits him. He'll die with a destroyed reputation. And I'm all for it.

While he gets to keep his congressional pension, I believe that he lost his school retirement pension because of this conviction. Again, I'm not saddened by that. Truthfully, the other thing that this has done is make it to where he will not have to continue to pay out millions to keep it quiet.

i was being facetious

just pointing out that white color prisons like the one he may be visiting are not lie OZ and if he is actually half vegetable they may just let him serve out his sentence on obamacare.
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Another irony? Hastert cannot be prosecuted for his admitted sexual misconduct with minors. However, the individual that blackmailed him for $1.7 million plus? Blackmail is a serious crime. Hastert certainly belongs in prison, however not for a made up money crime. He's 74, in bad health. He's still recovering from a stroke. He's not going to be there long.

Obviously the wheel chair 'prop' didn't influence the judge.
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He should be put away forever.
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He should be put away forever.
i agree but for the crime he committed

this limitations on this crime but not that one os ridicules
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Had this scumbag been anything other than Speaker of the House he'd be so far in prison they'd have to pump sunshine in. Once again, we're seeing PC applied. One set of rules for us and another for the political elite. Like anyone one of us, this jerk should be serving at least, at minimum, 20 years in prison. And he should be put in the general prison population and let the "boys" extract real justice.
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