Instead, after excoriating the admitted felon for his well-publicized vacillations between feigning contriteness and suggesting conspiracy, he sentenced him to five years probation -- eight months of which will be spent in a halfway house -- and a $30,000 fine.
"The priceless look on the prosecutors' faces is a look I will remember for a while," he told FOX News: "The Judge gave me some stern words earlier and seemed very upset with things I said and my criticism of the government. So I think they thought they were winning."
"Some guy from the FBI was quoted in the paper saying this was, quote, a 'routine audit.' But interestingly, it's a routine audit that produced a single offender -- me."
However, much like a drunk driver stopped with an open bottle of Thunderbird in his hand complaining he was treated unfairly because the cop pulled HIM over, rather than the other people speeding, swerving, or whatever, the argument doesn't wash.
And it's testament to the naked hypocrisy of his conservative allies that they'll demand punitive changes to our voting laws to stem the nearly non-existent tide of "voter fraud," and yet make a martyr of a man who knowing broke federal election laws.