As it happens, Ashland, Kentucky, is Mrs Pico’s home town.
Fumo checks in to prison in Kentucky¹
By Jeff Gammage, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
ASHLAND, Ky. – Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, his head held high, walked from a car to the front door of a federal prison camp here yesterday morning, surrendering as scheduled to begin his 55-month sentence for corruption.
Fumo, dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, arrived at 9:20 a.m., stepping out of a black SUV. He was accompanied by several friends and his son, Vincent Jr. He stepped deliberately to the main entrance, moving past a billowing U.S. flag, and was then directed to go inside through a side door.
His long-expected arrival at prison was over in less than a minute.
Well, Ashland is a pretty place, no doubt about that, though I don’t know how much he’ll enjoy the scenery.
THing is, Mr Fumo was convicted in March, yet he’s had more than a season of freedom; if he’d been a poor black guy, who knocked over a Seven/Eleven, they’d have taken him straight to jail.
And now we know why Mr Fumo decided to tell us he had addiction problems:
With time off for good behavior, and for enrollment in a treatment program – Fumo said he needed to overcome addictions to alcohol and an antianxiety medication – the former lawmaker could be released in three years.
Ain’t that great? Tell everyone, hey, I was messed up on drugs, and you can get treatment and get your sentence cut! What a racket. Admitting that you used drugs ought to get your sentence increased, not cut.
The original sentencing guidelines called for 21 to 27 years — and now, thanks to a lenient judge and idiotic policies, Mr Fumo could be out in around three.
It’s not a slap on the wrist, but considering what Mr Fumo did, it isn’t much more than that.
¹ – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, 1 September 2009, p. B-1