Manafort penalty sparks outrage among legal experts: '4-year sentence far below the recommended 20 years'

Manafort penalty sparks outrage among legal experts: '4-year sentence far below the recommended 20 years'The sentencing of Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was highly anticipated, capping a significant chapter in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. As a federal judge handed down his sentence in a jam-packed Alexandria, Virginia, courtroom and observers digested the judge’s decision – 47 months – Manafort’s case was immediately perceived as a high-profile instance of the justice system working one way for a wealthy, well-connected man, while working in another, harsher, way for indigent defendants facing lesser crimes. “Paul Manafort’s lenient four-year sentence – far below the recommended 20 years despite extensive felonies and post-conviction obstruction – is a reminder of the blatant inequities in our justice system that we all know about, because they reoccur every week in courts across America,” said Ari Melber, a legal analyst for NBC News, in a tweet shortly after the verdict.



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