SUMAN MOZUMDER AND GEORGE JOSEPH
Bestselling conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza, who had pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violation, was sentenced in a Manhattan federal court September 23 to five years of
probation, with eight months during the
first year to be served in a community confinement center.
United States District Judge Richard M
Berman also sentenced San Diego,
California-based D’Souza to a mandatory
eight-hour day of community service every
week of his five-year term of probation,
weekly counseling sessions, and ordered
him to pay a $30,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.
D’Souza, 53, tried to illegally contribute
$30,000 to the US Senate campaign of
Wendy Long. In 2012, the Federal Election
Campaign Act limited campaign contributions to $5,000 from any individual to any
‘Like many others before him of all politi-
cal stripes, he has had to answer for this
crime — here with a felony conviction,’ said
Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the
Southern District of New York.
Though D’Souza escaped without a jail
term, when the court opened sentencing
proceedings September 23, things looked
bleak for him. US District Judge Richard M
Berman was not pleased by the comments
made by the Indian American during a television interview, which the prosecution
produced as evidence.
More damaging was a letter written by
D’Souza’s former wife Dixie, which the
judge received the day before.
In her letter, Dixie tore into what she
called D’Souza’s ‘flawed character and lack
of truthfulness.’ She said D’Souza had
served on Long’s finance committee and
knew the contribution guidelines and political finance campaign laws. She also
alleged D’Souza had forged her signature to
contribute to Long’s campaign in her name.
She alleged D’Souza’s support for Long
was motivated by Long having introduced
him to a ‘big donor’ who helped fund his
2016: Obama’s America film.
Dixie alleged D’Souza had beaten her up
in April 2012 ‘creating injuries that pain me
to this day.’
What helped D’Souza was a letter by their
daughter Danielle, 19, and the eloquent
defense of his attorney Benjamin Brafman.
Danielle’s letter appreciated her father
and the difficulties he was going through
with divorce proceedings.
Brafaman said if Dixie had taken the witness stand on oath, he could prove that 90
percent of the allegations were untrue. He
also cited an incident where D’Souza had
helped a needy African-American student
with $10,000 so the student could continue
D’Souza contributed $10,000 in March
2012 to Long’s US Senate campaign on
behalf of himself and his wife, agreeing in
writing to attribute that contribution as
$5,000 from his wife and $5,000 from
In August 2012, he directed other people
with whom he was associated to make contributions to Long’s campaign on behalf of
themselves and their spouses that totaled
$20,000. He promised that he would reimburse them the money for the contributions, and did.
When confronted by Long, D’Souza initially misled the candidate. During the plea
proceeding, he confessed.
The funeral services for Rutgers stu- dent Darsh Patel, who was mauled to death by a 300-pound black
bear September 21, were held at Franklin
Memorial Park in North Brunswick, New
Jersey, September 24.
Patel, 22, a senior majoring in information technology and informatics, was
killed in the Apshawa Preserve after
being separated from a group of four
friends with whom he was hiking, West
Milford Township Police Chief Timothy
Storbeck said in a statement.
It is the first recorded death in an
attack by a bear in more than 150 years in
‘The group of five hikers encountered a
black bear in the woods that began to fol-
low them, they became frightened and
attempted to flee the area,’ Storbeck’s
statement added. ‘During the confusion,
the group became separated as they ran
in different directions.’
When the other four hikers regrouped
at around 4 pm, they found Patel miss-
ing. They called the police, who discov-
ered his body in the woods with the bear
still about 30 to 40 yards away. The
police opened fire and killed the 4-year-
old male bear.
Storbeck said there were ‘bite marks
and claw marks’ on Patel’s body.
The body of the bear is being examined
at a state lab, a spokesman for the state
Department of Environmental Protection said.
Richard Edwards, the chancellor of
Rutgers-New Brunswick, expressed sympathy for Patel’s family.
‘While there are occasional aggressive
actions by bears, what happened this
week is not a typical event,’ said Larry
Ragonese, a spokesman for Department
of Environmental Protection. Ragonese
said hikers should not run away or make
eye contact with the bear. Instead, they
should move gradually and speak in an
Patel is survived by his parents Ashok
and Hemangini Patel, older brother
Harsh, and his grandparents Jasmatbhai
and Paniben Patel.
The family refused to release any photograph of Darsh or provide any other
In first such casualty in 150 years in New Jersey, black bear mauls Rutgers student to death
Dinesh D’Souza spared
prison time, sentenced to
five years’ probation
Dinesh D’Souza, left, exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman after pleading guilty in New York, May 20. L U C