Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Jailtime Despite Letter From Estranged Wife Claiming Abuse

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Author Dinesh D'Souza attends the "Socrates In The City" debate reception at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on March 5, 2012 in New York City.
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Disgraced professional Obama hater Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced today in Manhattan court to five years’ probation, including eight months in a “community confinement center,” for campaign-finance fraud. The 2016: Obama’s America “documentarian” previously pleaded guilty to using straw donors, including his then-married mistress, her husband, and his wife of 20 years, to support his friend from college in a failed senate campaign. He also claimed the charges were probably “a kind of payback” for his criticism of the president.

I’m not sure, Mr. D’Souza, that you get it,” the judge told him today.

D’Souza, who was also fined $30,000, managed to avoid prison despite a pretty damning character witness in the form of his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Dixie D’Souza. (In a previous D’Souza scandal, you may remember, he was forced to resign as president of the evangelical King’s College because he was engaged to his girlfriend while still married to his wife — “truly a case where I didn’t know better,” he claimed in the classic Constanza defense.)

In a five-page letter to the sentencing judge published by The Smoking Gun, Dixie claimed that Dinesh used the couple’s daughter “to bolster his character” in a “patently false” letter of her own. “Contrary to the statement made in Mr. D’Sourza’s sentencing memorandum, it is my former husband who has an abusive nature,” she wrote. “In one instance, it was my husband who physically abused me in April 2012 when he, using his purple belt karate skills, kicked me in the head and shoulder, knocking me to the ground and creating injuries that pain me to this day.”

It sounds like he will have plenty to talk about in his “weekly therapeutic counseling sessions.”

Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison in Obama’s America