John Junker, the former head of the Fiesta Bowl, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for his role in illegal campaign contributions to Arizona politicians. Which has got to hurt elderly AZ Republic columnist Doug MacEachern, who feels that Junker has suffered enough. Obviously, MacEachern is painfully aware how rich white guys simply cannot catch a break in our criminal justice system. Also, too, Soros.
Not to make small what Junker did, but it needs to be kept in perspective. He directed a big organization and spent some money lavishly. And by most of our tastes, inappropriately sometimes. But big parties and trips to strip clubs have nothing to do with the illegality Junker has acknowledged. And, on the day a guy gets sentenced in court, that should be all that matters. What he did that was illegal. But he never took money for himself.
What he did may have been bad, but he’s not George Soros. He’s not David Koch. And he has been punished already. A lot. There is no point in this man going to prison, and I for one pray he does not.
Yeah, let’s definitely keep some perspective here. If John Junker were Jorge Jimenez from Mesa who got caught with a bag of weed, I’m rather doubtful that MacEachern would be calling for leniency on the basis that Jorge had been “punished enough” after spending time in Arpaio’s gulag.