D’Souza, who released “2016: Obama’s America” during the 2008 presidential campaign and “America: Imagine the World Without Her” in July, told WND that U.S. District Judge RichardBerman’s decision Tuesday morning to give him probation and community service rather than a prison sentence allows him to “continue to do what I have been doing, which is to be a public analyst and critic of politics and culture.”
“I’ve already turned the initial wheels in motion, and I will be making a film in 2016,” he told WND. As WND reported, D’Souza was sentenced in Manhattan in his campaign finance case to eight months in a work-release center in San Diego during five years of probation and a $30,000 fine. He also must set aside one day a week during his probation to teach English to non-English speakers.
D’Souza pleaded guilty in May to arranging “straw donors” to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a college friend.
“I’m immensely relieved,” D’Souza told WND of the sentence. “It was a remarkable day, because at the beginning I was almost discouraged by the tone of the judge. Then, when he pronounced the sentence, I almost couldn’t believe it. It took me a moment for it to register. Then I was pleased, and I think he made a fair ruling.”
Prosecutors had asked for a prison term of 10 to 16 months, insisting D’Souza had not shown remorse. D’Souza’s allies contend the case is politically motivated payback for his two successful documentaries and companion bestselling books critical of Obama and what D’Souza regards as an anti-American ideology.
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