A federal judge has denied conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's request to postpone his eight months of confinement to a halfway house so the he might promote his new film and spend time with his daughter during her school holidays.
D'Souza and his attorney Benjamin Brafman asked the court to allow D'Souza to honor several "professional engagements" this fall promoting America: Imagine a World Without Her -- the sequel to the 2008 film 2016: Obama's America.
According to the New York Post, Judge Richard Berman issued a ruling on Wednesday wherein he not only slapped down D'Souza's request for a delay, but expressed surprise that the former Reagan administration wunderkind is still at large.
“Application respectfully denied," Judge Berman wrote. "The court is, in fact, surprised that its 9/23/14 sentence is not already in effect."
D'Souza -- who Berman called a "compulsive talker" -- plead guilty in May to charges of election fraud. The Dartmouth College alum and author of a slew of anti-liberal and anti-Obama books was convicted in federal court of donating more than the legal limit to Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Wendy Long's unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
D'Souza pressured multiple individuals to donate the maximum legal contribution of $10,000 to Long's campaign, promising to pay them back from his own money. Berman scoffed at D'Souza's allegation that he was targeted by the Obama administration because of his conservative views.
“That’s nonsense. Spin is what that is,” Berman wrote. D'Souza "continues to deflect and minimize the significance of the crimes and his behavior.”
“I’m not sure Mr. D’Souza gets it and it’s hard for me to discern any personal acceptance of responsibility in this case,” Berman said.
Nonetheless, the judge chose not to send D'Souza to prison, but ordered him to eight months in a halfway house and five years' probation. Prosecutors sought to have D'Souza imprisoned for 10 to 16 months.
D'Souza's estranged wife Dixie D'Souza -- who he left after an extramarital affair with a woman 20 years his junior -- wrote to Judge Berman prior to sentencing asking him to impose the harshest sentences he could against D'Souza, who she said was a serial liar and abuser.
Not only did her former husband coerce their daughter into making false statements to the court in support of his character, she said, he has "an abusive nature" and "In one instance, it was my husband who physically abused me in April 2012 when he, using his purple belt karate skills, kicked me in the head and shoulder, knocking me to the ground and creating injuries that pain me to this day."
"Dinesh lied to me," she wrote. "He lied to the government, he encouraged others to lie for him, and now he has allowed our daughter to submit multiple false statements to a federal court in order to avoid punishment. Dinesh D'Souza is not a truthful person."