Kathleen McCullough drew the wrong judge for sentencing today.
First, the judge was a mediocre Republican (on a lopsidedly Democratic bench), imposing sentence on a relative of a Republican elected official whom the local Republican establishment is trying to destroy.
Second, the crimes for which Ms. McCullough was convicted were economic, and Judge Jill Rangos (right) reserves leniency for cases that result in the violent death of children (as part of her lifelong "dedication to alleviating difficult circumstances for children," according to the biography published by her family's foundation). Had this case involved a nine-year-old in a pool of blood, Ms. McCullough could have expected, from precedent, to hear a pronouncement of "time served" as she walked to the street.
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