Scott Morefield Reporter
CNN commentator Van Jones rejected “prisoner” the former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was jailed for Thursday for tax and bank fraud.
Jones, a sentencing and prison reform case, was very involved with Manafort's case discussing the issue with CNN's Anderson Cooper and former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Friday night.
“Are white collar crimes being treated as seriously as other types of crime?” Said Cooper, following a clip of California Senator Kamala Harris making that case.
“Of course,” said Jones. “You've seen people like Meek Mill, the man had more time and was on probation for years and years. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in fact to shoot wheels. Literally to raise his motorcycle wheels from the ground. He got two years later. So when you are doing that stuff in communities across America, it is very difficult for us who intend to see big, big sentences coming down for small white things to see something this goes down very much.
Jones also said that people usually get “house released” to “fit with the feds.” T
“I hope there will be some adjustments next week,” he said. “Anyone who knows justice in regular communities, especially if poor communities in this country are upset.” T
Cuccinelli opposed the O.J. Simpson's trial. “I think it could be anyone who has money,” he said. “It wasn't because O.J. Black was black. It was because the defense could match the resources of the prosecution. And this never happens almost. I can tell you as a former general attorney, almost never happens. So people who have money can do things that people can not make money for. ”
A former Virginia solicitor also pointed out that “a politically charged case” such as “Manafort” was not a good case for the wider debate on fairness and criminal sentence before it is stated that the former will be sentenced to postponement. Trump campaigner next week. (RELATED: Judge Manafort: He is not convicted of the communion with Russia) t
Jones then made his case for a "systemic bias" in the criminal justice system against a minority.
The statistics are not located here and it is very regrettable. At every stage of our criminal justice system, if you are a colored person, you get worse treatment. Even when you are managing income, even when you are controlling your neighborhood, even when you are managing educational attainment. African Americans and white Americans use drugs, illegal drugs at the same rate. Study after this study shows. And yet, African Americans are more likely to go to prison for illegal drug use. Now you can get many different explanations. It's difficult. If it is 50 percent more or 20 percent more, 100 percent more. Six times more? This shows a systemic bias that we have to deal with and while this case is unusual, as Ken said about the political nature of the case, people with all sorts of privilege, whether money, race, education, are often , background, they end a better break. Brian Stevenson, this is almost similar to the Martin Luther King of the time we have been working on these issues that says it is really better to be poor. It is better to be rich and guilty than poor and innocent. This is as bad as we were getting this system. And I think it's fair to talk about it.
Jones finished her desire that we “see some justice” next week. (RELATING TO: Higher Offenders receive High Sentences or Other Races, Study Studies) t
“But I don't understand why this judge went over and beyond giving this, I think an offensive sentence is praising the guy, saying he is without fault,” he said. “I don't think Paul Manafort has as high an opinion as this judge did. So it's just a strange case. And I think it puts the message of double quality forward. ”
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