No Prison for SF Real Estate Mogul Convicted in Bribery Scheme

Siri, show me "It's a Wonderful Life", but make it Klept.

Makras was convicted in U.S. District Court earlier this year in a case built on the same federal corruption probe that toppled other powerful players in city politics. Namely, former Public Utility Commission head Harlan Kelly and ex-Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru [who] was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud in January. [...]

While Makras did not write the court himself, a long list of supporters did, including former mayor Willie Brown and, lastly, Makras' wife, Farah Makras.

She wrote that her husband believes in the rule of law and is the most honest and humble man she knows, and asked the judge for leniency. In fact, she wrote he is so humble he drives friends like Mayor Brown to the opera in the "cheapest little Toyota Tacoma Truck."

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9 Responses:

  1. Birdy says:

    What the actual fuck?

    Look, I get that the rich and the powerful can't be expected to have to suffer consequences for anything that they do. But is it too much to ask for them to have to put in more effort into pretending than coming up with lines like the "cheapest little Toyota Tacoma Truck"?

  2. tfb says:
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    So he's the 'the most honest and humble man she knows'.  Well, if you only know liars and narcissists, then the most honest and humble person you know is going to be a liar and a narcissist.

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    I'm reminded of the case of the W. Va. (I think) coal baron, who, after being convicted of crimes (which resulted in the deaths of some of his workers) by a jury, was called "not a criminal" by the judge and let off with a slap on the wrists.

    "Equality before the law" does not have its own police force.

  4. thielges says:
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    “When currying favor with the politically connected, he drives his beater car.  No way would he leave the Bugatti in the Opera garage.”

  5. Aristotle says:
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    Hold on… is this some sort of spin playbook now? You know, the generous billionaire, who drives a Toyota Corolla, and all that?

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