"An ex-judge who accepted expensive gifts in exchange for helping fix divorce cases and a former state lawmaker convicted in a scheme to shake down a judicial candidate were sentenced to prison Tuesday.Judge who fixed divorce cases sent to prison - CNN.com
Former Brooklyn state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Garson, 74, was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.
Garson, 74, wept as he asked for leniency, claiming the cigars, cash and other gifts never influenced his decisions. But he also admitted that when he saw hidden-camera videos of his shady dealings in chambers, "I was appalled, embarrassed and ashamed of my demeanor.""
So, let's look at our justice system for a moment, shall we? This guy accepted small gifts as a judge. This is wrong, and deserves to be punished. Our legal system needs to be unbiased, and taking gifts, no matter how small, gives the air of impropriety, which is not acceptable. This guy's sentence is severe, and reflects the importance of this aspect of our legal system.
Now, let's take a look at our Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales. He, and other members of the Bush administration, have been caught red-handed trying to purposely inject bias into the legal system. Not inject bias into one or two cases like the guy in this story, but THE WHOLE LEGAL SYSTEM. Now, you'd assume the punishment for this would be even more severe than what this guy received, right? Guess again.
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