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Dirty politician got off easy, feds try for longer sentence

Former Pennsylvania state senator Vincent J. Fumo is a classic sociopath. He brazenly flaunted the rules, used government employees as personal servants and ripped off charities. In March, 2009, he was found guilty of 137 counts of conspiracy, fraud, tax offenses and obstruction of justice.

Fumo could have gone to jail for 21 to 27 years. The judge sentenced him to four years and seven months.

Many were outraged, including Lovefraud. Yesterday, federal prosecutors appealed the ridiculously light sentence.

Read Feds seek longer Fumo sentence on philly.com.

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  1. OxDrover says:

    Dear Hurtnomore,

    YOu do not OWE anyone ANYTHING. If being around your dad is comfortable and uplifting to you and you are okay with it, but NO ONE has a RIGHT to your company.

    You can stand up and say to him (once you are no longer living under his roof or control and are independent of him)
    “Dad. You are my father, and I would like to be friends with you at this stage in our lives, but I don’t like being criticised or spoken to in a disrespectful way by anyone that I consider a friend. Friends do not treat each other poorly. I’m telling you this because I would like a relationship with you, but I will not have one if you insist on talking to me in a disrespectful and hateful way.”

    Tell your relatives that insist that you OEW him contact, that “I don’t believe I owe anyone who treats me disrespectfully and hatefully contact. People who genuinely care for me will treat me with respect and kindness. People who treat me disrespectfully and unkindly are not people I want to be around.”

    There is NO law or “should” that you owe anyone, even a parent the right to abuse and humiliate you.

  2. hurtnomore010 says:

    That’s exactly how I feel that I’m not required to keep in contact with him.

  3. OxDrover says:

    Hurtnomore,

    My whole life other people have told me how I “should” behave toward others in my family who hurt me….and it was difficult for me to go against their advice and insistence that I “do what they said”—but in some cases, they were right , in other cases they were VERY WRONG.

    Part of being an adult is making our own decisions based on what we think is the right and good thing to do.

    It is possible to have a disagreement with a friend or a loved one and it not end the friendship or relationship, but when one person acts mean, hateful and demeaning and devalues another that relationship is not based on caring and love. It is my belief that someone who demeans and devalues and debases another does not have my best interest at heart. There may be many reasons why they act this way, but I cannot fix them, teach them, all I can do is to say “I WILL NOT be treated with contempt and hateful words. If you want to be my friend, then you must treat me kindly.” It does NOT matter WHO that person is, or how they are related to me.

    That’s a difficult stand to take when other family members do not believe you, don’t believe you have a right, etc. but I have learned finally to not feel guilty about taking a stand for myself. It is part of growing up.

  4. bluejay says:

    Julianna,

    I have been thinking about you, hoping that you are doing better. Please try and take good care of yourself. You have been through hell, no doubt about it. I use to live day-to-day, telling a relative that if I made it to the end of a day, that was a good thing, being so worn down, devastated by the onslaught of experiences (spread out over time). Honey, you will make it through. Be good to yourself. Your ex-spath has no Conscience, being unspeakably cruel. It will take time to heal from your ties with him – you can recover, heal, become a stronger, better person despite all of the hullabaloo that this MONSTER inflicted on you.

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