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06-12-2009, 08:19 AM
Sentence Reduced In Pentagon Case



A federal judge Thursday eliminated the prison sentence of a former Defense Department analyst convicted of passing government secrets to two employees of a pro-Israel lobbying group and to an Israeli government official.

Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria had sentenced Lawrence A. Franklin to 151 months, or 12 1/2 years. At a hearing, Ellis reduced that sentence to probation, with 10 months of home confinement, said Franklin's attorney, Plato Cacheris. Franklin pleaded guilty in 2005 to giving the classified data to two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, one of Washington's most influential lobbying organizations.

The judge last month dismissed related charges against the former AIPAC lobbyists, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, after prosecutors and said recent court rulings made it unlikely they would win convictions. -- Jerry Markon

06-12-2009, 02:06 PM
At the risk of sounding like a broken record...

Can you imagine the prison sentence if Franklin were Chinese?

And people wonder why there are wacko antisemitic conspiracy theories out there. It's because some people can't deal with the undue influence of groups such as AIPAC.

06-12-2009, 07:03 PM
Hold on... the record's skipping...