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Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) To Be Sentenced

Former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), who pleaded guilty November 28, 2005, to accepting bribes, tax evasion and conspiracy, is going to be sentenced to prison within the hour.

The prosecutors are asking for 10 years in prison. Cunningham's attorneys, citing Cunningham's age and poor health, are asking for 6 years.

A blatant breach of the public's trust such as this deserves no leniency. Let him rot in prison.

Update: Cunningham, 64, was sentenced to 8 years and 4 months in prison and was ordered to pay $1.8 million in back taxes and penalties plus $1.85 million in restitution based on the bribes he received. Ironically, the taxpayers will pay Cunningham approximately $64,400 annually while he cools his heels in the federal penitentiary. He is eligible for a congressional pension of approximately $36,000 a year for his 15 years in the House of Representatives and a Navy pension of approximately $28,800 per year for his 21 years of military service.

Posted by Rick | March 3, 2006 12:22 PM

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