Saturday, February 22, 2020

Pardon Me?

The newly emboldened "president" is spreading his influence far and wide after being "acquitted" on two articles of impeachment. His current modus operandi seems to be based on his old chestnut, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters." While the "president" is not currently taking up arms against the people in the streets, he is certainly making a mockery of our justice system. 
This past week he pardoned former San Francisco Forty-Niners owner Eddie DeBartolo who had previously been found guilty of failing to report a felony. This particular felony involved DeBartolo paying former Louisiana governor four hundred thousand dollars in order to get a gambling license to run a riverboat casino in that state. This investigation eventually removed governor Edwin Edwards from public life and sent him to prison, until he was released and ran for the Senate in 2014. DeBartolo stepped down as owner of his NFL franchise, handing it over to his nephew, who continues to run a tight ship. Not a riverboat casino, however. DeBartolo did not serve any time in jail. He was fined, given two years of probation, and suspended from the NFL for a year. His nephew was not. Apparently failed casino owners need to stick together.
The other high-profile pardon last week was that of Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois. The "president" commuted Blagojevich's fourteen year sentence for corruption. You may remember back in 2011 when Rod was convicted for, among other things, trying to sell Barack Obama's old seat in Congress. Ex-governor Blagojevich was once a contestant on the "president's" game show, Celebrity Apprentice. Fun fact: the "president" fired Rod on his TV show. But he felt the prison sentence imposed on him for fourteen counts of corruption was excessive and in Rod's words, the former game show host “saw a wrong and corrected it."
Stay tuned as this bankrupt casino operator and former game show host attempts to get a new trial for his convicted pal Roger Stone.
Before he shoots somebody on Fifth Avenue. 

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