Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Cunningham Prison Watch

The San Diego Union Tribune gives us a look at former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s loot as it is being prepared for auction. The UT also kindly provides a link to the auction process, making it possible for even the lowliest of the Duke’s former subjects to bid on one of his bribes.

The antiques and other furnishings forfeited by former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham in his corruption case were laid out yesterday in a Poway warehouse as if on display at a garage sale.

Which, in a sense, they were.

The handmade Oriental carpets spread on a concrete floor and French armoires propped up on shipping crates were on display for the media before they are sold to the public.”

The UT also publishes some speculation regarding the accommodations that Cunningham can expect if he is sentenced to a Federal detention facility in February (something most observers consider a certainty).

Legal experts say the eight-term congressman who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion Nov. 28 is almost certainly looking at several years, and as much as a decade, in federal prison.

Cunningham won't know where he'll be sent until after his sentencing Feb. 27. The best – and most likely – scenario for him, former inmates say, would be a minimum-security prison camp.

In any case, Cunningham will have plenty of time to reconsider his past politics.

In 1995, he co-authored a bill called the "No Frills Prison Act" to prevent "luxurious" prison conditions. The bill prohibited unmonitored phone calls, in-cell TVs, coffee pots or hot pots, viewing of R-rated movies, food better than what enlisted Army personnel get or unauthorized hygiene products or clothing.“

Duke deserves whatever he gets from the prison system. He sold out his constituents and, it time of war, his country. Of course, he was just the dumbest Republican working the pay-for-play scam that is the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration.