Locking up a good guy
Dear Editor:According to federal sentencing guidelines, Bert Fingerhut is facing up to five years in prison. People guilty of vehicular homicide serve less than that, and yet I still can’t figure out how Bert harmed anybody. He violated federal securities law, but who has been bereaved by his actions? Whose life did he ruin? No one, from what I can find out. But if Bert goes to jail, his family will be crushed if not broken. Is that justice? As other writers to this page have pointed out, Bert has lived an exemplary life in terms of his commitments to wilderness and to helping other people.Maybe Alberto Gonzales’ Department of Justice thinks it’s good practice to lock up liberal wilderness activists – after all, political prosecution is evidently expected by this White House. Do the right thing, judge: Give him community service. He’s already done more of it than most of us ever will.Hal CliffordGreat Barrington, Mass.
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