READ: Lawmakers and Other Notable Americans Rail Against Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort’s 47 Month Prison Sentence

The scales are unbalanced.

After defrauding the United States of millions through his work in Ukraine and on behalf of Russian elites, former campaign chair to President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, received a 47 month prison sentence in one of the two cases brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

The sentence—handed down by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III—was a far cry from the 19 to 24 years recommended by the Special Counsel, insisting that Manafort had lived an otherwise “blameless life.”

A chorus of voices soon began coming out against the sentence’s leniency, criticizing Judge Ellis for believing Manafort led a blameless life, and highlighting the widespread inequities within the United States’ Justice System.

Among them was veteran journalist Dan Rather, who said:

“The sentence is just a slap on the wrist to, you know, a big-time criminal…a minor sentence for another elite, well-connected, Washington big-shot. I will say, a lot of black kids in the projects routinely get worse sentences than Manafort has gotten.”

Many notable Americans began sharing stories of those who committed far less harmful crimes but—due to an insufficient amount of wealth or whiteness—were handed harsher sentences.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden brought attention to Chelsea Manning, a fellow whistleblower whose sentence for leaking information about war crimes earned her a three decade prison sentence.

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky agreed.

Others pointed out the five years being served by Crystal Mason.

Many Americans joined with them to criticize the sentence.

One particular phrase used by Judge Ellis while handing down the sentence struck the ire of many.

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