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Radio Atlantic: Paul Manafort and the Problem of White-Collar Crime – Why do white-collar criminals so rarely face justice?


Kevin Townsend 14 March 2019

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will spend about seven years in federal prison—far less than the 19 to 24 years recommended by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The sentence prompted a backlash when a federal judge in Virginia said Manafort deserved leniency for his “otherwise blameless life.”

Alex Wagner puts those questions to the attorney and former federal prosecutor Ken White. White is the person behind @Popehat on Twitter and the author of the recent Atlantic article “6 Reasons Paul Manafort Got Off So Lightly.”

Listen for:

  • The reasons white-collar prosecutions are at an all-time low

  • How 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis changed how federal prosecutors do their job—and why the crimes they charge can be “almost a creative or artistic decision”

  • What happens next for Manafort, now that he’s been charged with crimes for which President Trump can’t pardon him


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