Conservative author and anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was caught breaking campaign-finance laws, has to do eight hours of community service each week for the entire five years the convicted felon is on probation and not just the eight months he was confined to a halfway house.
The New York Post reports:
The judge also read aloud a report from a court-appointed psychologist who called D’Souza “arrogant” and “intolerant of others’ feelings.”
Powerhouse defense attorney Ben Brafman was surprised when Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman clarified the sentence he handed down after D’Souza pleaded guilty last year, which means D’Souza will have to do over 1,600 hours more service than he initially thought.
“We’re talking about five years of eight hours a week? … This is a very serious impediment to obtaining full-time employment because you miss one day of work a week,” Brafman said inside Berman’s robing room, as D’Souza listened in via speakerphone.
“In my mind it was never contemplated that the eight hours only applied to the period of home confinement,” Berman said.
Later Berman read a report from a psychologist who saw D’Souza, then ordered him to continue attending weekly sessions.
“The client tends to deny problems and isn’t very introspective,” the psychiatrist wrote. “The client tends to deny problems and is arrogant and intolerant of others’ feelings.”
However, D’Souza was offered something good. If D’Souza abides by his community service, he will be allowed to visit his daughter in London and his elderly mom in India later this year, Berman said.
In May, D’Souzz requested a summer break from community service and that was promptly denied.
Last year, D’Souza pleaded guilty to illegally shelling out $20,000 in contributions in the name of others for Republican Wendy Long’s failed 2012 bid to defeat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
At the time of his sentencing, D’Souza apologized, then later feigned victimization, which seems to confirm the part of the psychologist’s report of D’Souza denying problems of his own.
And that’s the short list, but it seems the psychologist is on to something here. Calling people mean names isn’t illegal. His was caught breaking the law.
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