Judge gives Stockman 10 years in prison

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Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman, a conservative whose criminal charges, trial and conviction on financial crimes have been likened to a “Deep State” attack, has been given 10 years in jail by a federal judge.

WND reported last summer on the case involving former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman, who was convicted of using money from mega-donors for personal and campaign expenses.

His supporters have promised multiple appeals claiming that his campaign against the “Deep State” in Washington resulted in the attack on him.

A statement from Stockman’s family explains he also was ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution, but that’s to be divided among three defendants.

A report on the case said Stockman’s sentence was announced this week in federal court.

His Defend a Patriot website explains his wife, Patti, confirmed he would not plead guilty after being indicted in 2017 because he is innocent.

“We both know God has a purpose for even the hard times we’re going through,” she has said.

The charges stem from several donations to organizations he ran.

He was prosecuted by the IRS and the DOJ after the scandal erupted at the IRS regarding the agency’s persecution of Christian and conservative organizations when Obama was being re-elected.

The Washington Post at one point reported that the IRS reached settlement agreements with tea party groups, with the IRS admitting that “its treatment of the organizations was ‘wrong.’” But IRS executive Lois Lerner had refused to cooperate and Stockman had filed a bill to arrest her.

An FBI official testified during the trial that the investigation into Stockman was begun the same time he filed the bill to arrest Lerner.

His attorney, Marlo Cadeddu, said at sentencing that the term was far beyond the average of just 13 months for those who are guilty of federal public corruption.

Stockman represented the 36th congressional district just east of Houston from 2013-2015. He was accused of misusing funds donated to non-profit groups he ran.

Stockman, his supporters claim on the website, went to Washington specifically to “do his part to ‘right the ship’ of the U.S. government.” Like President Trump today, he offended “both the establishment of his own party and those on the left.”

His record indeed is one of a conservative warrior. He investigated the misdeeds of the Whitewater Development Corp., opposed Hillarycare back in the ’90s, stood against the Mexican bailout, pursued the impeachment of Eric Holder, blocked immigration and gun bills the left demanded, called for the arrest of Lois Lerner, the IRS exec who openly admitted targeting Christians and conservatives with the vast power of the feared federal agency, worked to eliminate automatic citizenship for “anchor babies,” attacked the systematic sexual abuse of children in schools, pushed to sanction China for its abortion agenda, coordinated demands for a special investigation into Benghazi and much more.

He also was in Congress from 1995 to 1997.

So what about the charges against him? The family website says the attack on the former congressman was orchestrated by the very IRS (as well as the public integrity division of the DOJ) that earlier had tried to throttle tea party organizations in opposition to Obama.

“They retaliated with over three years’ investigation into every aspect of Steve’s life history, bringing their case before at least three grand juries before finally obtaining an indictment,” supporters point out.

Then prosecutors demanded limits on what defenses could be raised, even banning the mention of Lerner’s name.

“All but two of Stockman’s witnesses were denied because it was deemed their testimonies would be irrelevant to the case,” supporters explain.

At Stockman’s conviction, supporters cited the similar case against former conservative Texas congressman Tom DeLay, whose conviction and prison sentence for election law conspiracy later was thrown out because an appeals court said the evidence just wasn’t there.

In court, his defense lawyers argued that the various donors involved had given Stockman broad leeway in deciding how to use the funds.

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