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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sweet Justice

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 3:03 PM

I try to go to the Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest every year. A couple of years ago, I caught what has to be my favorite film I've ever seen there: Streetfight. It is about the race for the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, centered on the challenger, Cory Booker.

Booker was challenging the incumbent -Sharpe James.  James was not only mayor, he was also a state senator, and he had been in office since 1970.  James was an old style politician - corrupt to the core - but with a vast, loyal following. In the end, Booker lost the election. But, he ran the next time and is now the mayor, and probably has a great political future.

Anyone who has seen this film will appreciate this news - Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in prison today for diverting city owned land to his mistress, who was also convicted.  Sometimes people get exactly what they deserve.

Sincerely,

Hoglawyer

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