Thomas Drake Gets Probation, Community Service; Judge Slams Feds For Prosecution
from the threat-to-our-country? dept
In the plea deal that Drake agreed to, prosecutors agreed not to ask for jail time, even though he could have received up to a year in jail (significantly lower than the 3 or so decades he was facing under the original charges). The prosecutors did ask for a $50,000 fine though. And they didn't get it. In fact, the judge scolded prosecutors for the whole case:
Judge Bennett said the government's decision to back away from its case on the eve of trial was "extraordinary," and added that he was particularly troubled by the 2 and ½ year time lapse from when federal agents first searched Mr. Drake's home to when he was charged. "It was not proper. It doesn't pass the smell test," the judge said.Of course, it didn't pass the smell test because the whole thing smelled rotten. Thankfully, it ended on a somewhat positive note, though it's still ridiculous that Drake received any punishment at all.