From laying down the law to giving the politicians another chance. Eddie Price’s sentence to be reduced.

The public isn’t buying in folks and frankly neither am I since former Mandeville Mayor did the pay to play thing with city venders to the tune of $165,000 plus.  Jeff Adelson has the skinny for the Times Picayune:

Former Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price’s sentence on corruption and tax evasion charges would be reduced by two years under an agreement reached by Price’s attorney and federal prosecutors, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Given the recent sentences that have been handed down in NOLA area public corruption cases such as those involving Bolar and Dollar Bill Jefferson I now openly wonder if NOLA area perpetrators get style points for being both white and smooth in the commision of their crimes.

If anything Price deserves a longer stint in the pokey to more closely align his sentence with Bolar, not the other way around.

sop

8 thoughts on “From laying down the law to giving the politicians another chance. Eddie Price’s sentence to be reduced.”

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOowweeeeeeeeeeeeee I for one see a discrimatory prosecutorial/sentencing policy in the metropolitian area with corrupt white politicians, especially in JP, getting a free ride while afro-american politicians get the maximum. With U.S.Attorney Holder and the NAACP, how can this be? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOwweeeeeeeeeeee

  2. Dollar Bill got 15 if memory serves where honest services was a major part of his conviction. The difference is Ediie Price cut a deal. Now he gets to cut another? Bullshit. Besides honest services he copped a plea on Tax Evasion and the mail fraud that was encapsulated in his honest services conviction. No telling what else would have come out if he had gone to trial.

    What this really is was the public got a bunch of saber rattling out of Feldman and Letten’s office followed by a 20 month or so hair cut. It reeks Nowdy.

    sop

  3. Generally when someone is cooperating their sentencing is postponed until the results of the cooperation are more clear. That was not the case here. Seeing how Feldman reacts come next hearing is what interests me now.

    Out of the 30 comments I read at the T-P on this topic all save one think this stinks and white folks are now openly questioning the treatment of political crooks of color versus the white ones. Dollar Bill fought so I understand why the smacketh was layeth down upon him. Scruggs plead in an honest services case that would be reversed under the new law and still serves 60 months plus.

    There will never be such a thing as true consistency in sentencing but given the circumstances surrounding what Price did he is getting off very light at 40 months He’ll be out and in a halfway house before 3 years are done. I do not see any deterant impact to that kind of time given the money involved.

    sop

  4. While I don’t fully disagree with you the return Vs the time…just is not worth it

    What also bothers me is none of the contractors got nailed in any of the case that I recall. It takes two to tango

  5. First: Ignatius, I like you agree that the “corrupting” influence, as in this case, Rick Myers, should have been indicted along with Price. The business community is as responsible for this cesspool of corruption as anyone. Selective prosecution of some individuals and not others is a mockery of justice, and can somtimes be the equivalent of persecution. In fact, at the time of Price’s original sentencing, Judge Feldman asked the US Atty the same question, where is Rick Myers, the individual who financed this scumbag Price’s abhorrent and illegal conduct. However in the end it may be that Price’s only crime was that he didn’t live in Jefferson Parish, where only black Political Officials get indicted, prosecuted and sent to jail !

    Second: Nowdy I don’t understand how the recent Skilling decision would/or should have any bearing and/or influence for the US Atty to join with the defense in this travesty of justice. Price PLED GUILTY ! He voluntarily chose to forego his right to trial, file pleadings challenging the unconstitutionality of the law, etc, but did not. How many people are sitting in prison today for crimes they have pled to in the past, in drug cases particularly, where both the legislature and the courts have lessened the time to be served by individuals today for the same crime. In fact Angola has 100’s of such cases relating to the mere possession of marijuana. This is a political smoke-screen, pure and simple. In my opinion, Price was given a lot of leeway with the original sentence, whether he cooperated or not, considering the the counts in the Bill of Information. This is not a good sign for the taxpayers in Jefferson Parish I can assure you.

    And Thirdly: Sop as you are aware I have been writing for some time now about how race seems to have become a legitimate factor in discussing which political officials in Jefferson Parish are targeted for indictment and prosecution. Putting aside the wash-out of Bodenheimer (white) and Green(black) both Judges on the 24th JDC who were convicted and went to jail, there are only 2 Jefferson Parish public officials who have been prosecuted by Jim Letten since being appointed in 2000 and both are black: Gretna City Councilman Bolar and La. State Senator Shepard. But then again, Jim Letton is a white public official who lives in Jefferson Parish.

    Possibly one day Letten may make me eat my words, and if that happens, I will gladly appologize, publicly and profusely; until then I’ll keep writing words that lay bear the facts as I see them.

  6. Whitmergate, I was just quoting from the record; i.e., the article Sop linked in the post, and pointing out that what Price PLED GUILTY” to was the portion of the “honest services mail fraud” that the USSC tossed out in the recent Skilling decision:

    “The reduced sentence is largely due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that greatly narrowed the scope of honest services mail fraud, a catch-all corruption law that Price pleaded guilty to violating. The Supreme Court’s ruling restricted the use of the law to cases involving bribery or kickbacks, neither of which is alleged in Price’s case.

    However, Price’s admitted actions are also considered violations of traditional mail fraud laws, though those carry a lower sentence. Mail fraud carries a lower mandatory sentence than honest services mail fraud. However, both sides in the case agreed to a sentence of more than three years rather than the mandatory minimum of 21 months because of the seriousness of the offense and to deter others from following in Price’s footsteps.”

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