October 27, 2008

Felon's Can't Vote, Yet They Can Run The Country

Commit a crime and become a felon and you can't vote in elections. But what about if a political figure like a senator or congressman commits a crime and becomes a felon? Most will step down. But apparently Senator Ted Stevens, who was just found guilty of all 7 corruption charges, which carry a term of 5 years each, may not even go to prison. Apparently federal guidelines will help keep him out of jail. Though he is now considered a felon, there is no law against a felon from holding a political office job or running the country.

"Despite being a convicted felon, he is not required to drop out of therace or resign from the Senate. If he wins re-election, he can continueto hold his seat because there is no rule barring felons from servingin Congress."

"Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count when he issentenced, but under federal guidelines he is likely to receive muchless prison time, if any. The judge originally scheduled sentencing forJan. 26 but then changed his mind and did not immediately set a date."

It seems federal guidelines were created solely for political figures and heads of corporations. It seems every political figure or CEO who is found guilty, under federal guidelines either A) spends a year or two in jail. B) spends no time in jail or C) walks away with millions in severance pay.

I feel the laws of this country need to be re-written. I'm tired of hearing about the people who we elect to run our country, commit crime after crime and get nothing but a slap on the wrist. And yet if you and i were to do something similar, we should be spending yers behind bars. They are people like us. They are not above the law.

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