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OK, otherwise blameless life besides this mortgage fraud scheme here

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Paul Manafort has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury in connection with a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on 16 counts tied to residential mortgage fraud and conspiracy, according to the indictment unsealed Wednesday.

The 69-year-old longtime GOP operative is accused of falsifying business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars as part of a yearlong mortgage fraud scam.

Manfort got three and a half more years in jail this morning, but the willingness of some progressives to whinge about the harshness of the American criminal justice system in the context of Paul Manafort is just bizarre.  This guy is a hardcore career criminal, who should be locked up for the rest of his life on simple deterrence grounds, let alone the relevant retributive considerations.

And T.S. Ellis is a reactionary hack who should be tossed from the federal bench without undue ceremony.

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