Enron’s Jeff Skilling gets 24 years in prison. According to Judge Sim Lake, “His crimes have imposed on hundreds, if not thousands, of people a life sentence of poverty.”
The problem isn’t that Skilling got a tough sentence. Surely he deserved one. The problem comes when you compare that to terrorist-enabler Lynne Stewart:
Southern District Judge John Koeltl gave Ms. Stewart a sentence of only 28 months. The government had asked for 30 years behind bars.
Weighing in Ms. Stewart’s favor, the judge said, were her years of service to the poor, the disadvantaged and the unpopular; her battle with cancer and the fact that her actions, though reprehensible, did not result in violence.
Stewart helps a cold-blooded murderer contact his thug minions, but will serve only two-plus years in prison because she’s really a nice person who has helped the “disadvantaged” in her life.
Well, isn’t that precious?