Fact Check: Judd Legum's claim about Paul Manafort and Crystal Mason


The writer Judd Legum wrote a tweet  in which he claimed the following:

Judd Legum on Twitter

Paul Manafort was just sentenced to less than 4 YEARS for committing multiple felonies, including tax and bank fraud Crystal Mason is serving FIVE YEARS for trying to vote in the 2016 election. (She didn’t realize she was ineligible due to a prior conviction.)

Claim 1:

“Paul Manafort was just sentenced to less than 4 YEARS for committing multiple felonies, including tax and bank fraud”

Fact check: True

Manafort found guilty on all eight counts he was charged with was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who stated that Manafort “has lived an otherwise blameless life.” Additionally giving him credit for time served meaning he could be released in just a little more than three years.

Note:

In full context Judge Ellis cited many similar cases which resulted in minimal sentencing time, stating: “The government cannot sweep away the history of all these other sentences” which points to the failings of the justice system where white collar crimes receive sentencing guidelines such as the 19.5 to 24 years where those convicted are rarely given sentences approaching the guidelines. Whereas other crimes relating to drugs for example tie the hands of judges with mandatory minimum sentencing which cannot be ignored like guidelines can.

 

Claim 2:

“Crystal Mason is serving FIVE YEARS for trying to vote in the 2016 election. (She didn’t realize she was ineligible due to a prior conviction”

Fact check: True

Knowingly voting illegally in the state of Texas is a second-degree felony and Crystal Mason who served time for tax fraud was on supervised release when she voted using a provisional ballet at the behest of her mother. On March 29, 2018, State District Judge Ruben Gonzalez sentenced her to five years imprisonment.

 

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