July 29, 2008

Perp Walk: Sharpe James

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James is heading to jail for the next 27 months as a result of his corruption conviction regarding sales of city land to a former mistress. He was also ordered James to pay a $100,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors were seeking up to 20 years for James, but the judge last week said such a long sentence was not warranted. Lawyers for the 72-year-old former mayor sought probation for James.

He led New Jersey's largest city for 20 years and was a Democratic state senator. Instead of being a remembered as a great politician and civic leader ... he will be known for taking the 'perp walk' straight to jail.

4 comments:

clnmike said...

Sharpe's relection campaigns are legendary for the level of mud slinging that went on.

Villager said...

Mike - It is a shame that the brother has to go out like this. I imagine that incarceration is rough when you are over 70 years old...

clnmike said...

I cant imagine them putting him in jail at his age, I mean yeah he is black and the judicial system is a mutha but still...

Villager said...

Mike - What's worse is that Sharpe will lose a 6-figure per year pension as a result of his conviction. So even when he gets out he will be in bad shape...