(Former state Sen. Joe Bruno is to be sentenced tomorrow.)
Judge Sharpe has a very wide discretion in sentencing.
The Justice Dept. regional office used the "theft of public services" rubric to present a wide-ranging case.
They succeeded in getting conviction on 2 counts, out of 8.
If the Judge applied democractic decision-making, he would bring the jury back today, and let them decide on the punishment.
I suspect the jury would not recommend that Bruno go to prison.
There are many alternative sentencing possibilities.
I would recommend the good Senator attending Debbie Ford's clinic,partaking in her effective 21-day consciousness cleanse program. That would be followed by local community service. And then the money restitution.
Ford's program is described in her book, The 21-day consciousness cleanse. It's a program that moves a person from being ego-centric to connecting to the inner soul. All politicians, or recovering politicians, are ego centered.
Ford's program shifts the outer ego life style to the deeper inner soul style..a consciousness shift.
And it could work even for an 81 year old.
As Ford describes it:
"..the ego judges and rejects with disdain and aggressiveness. The soul takes responsibility. The ego blames and transfers responsibility. The soul moves through life with grace. The ego moves through life with recklessness, chaos, and drama. The soul feels good about who it is and what it wants..The ego never has enough, it can never leave well enough alone..the ego swims against the current, while the soul sits back and floats in the the direction that life is moving in.You're either being guided by your soul or driven by your ego..."
I've sent this post to Judge Sharpe.