Reader Poll: What Do You Think of Chaka Fattah’s Punishment?

fattahTen years.

That was the sentence handed down to former Congressman Chaka Fattah on Monday.

As the Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari pointed out, this is the second-longest prison term ever given to a former member of Congress.

A decade in the big house is quite the punishment. So we wanted to ask our readers whether they feel the sentence is too harsh.

Although it’s also quite possible they believe it isn’t tough enough.

What Do You Think of Chaka Fattah’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence?


  • Just Right (44%)
  • Not Harsh Enough (32%)
  • Too Harsh (24%)

Total Voters: 569

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December 13th, 2016 | Posted in Congress, Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 12 Comments

12 thoughts on “Reader Poll: What Do You Think of Chaka Fattah’s Punishment?”

  1. Tim says:

    They should give him another 10 years for getting caught! What a dummy! One of Diano’s Democrat heroes.

  2. Bill says:

    10 years for any white-collar crime is ridiculous IF your first name does not start with a B and last name ends with an off. He deserved 3-6 years for embezzling (plug whatever verb you want) funds from the gov.

  3. John M says:

    John, I’m not playing cards I’m stating facts. Look it up.

  4. john says:

    Lets not play the race card. 10 years is a just punishment for abusing the public trust the way he did, regardless of skin color. The US Attorney Zane Memeger is African American and the prosecutors pushed for 17-21 yrs.

  5. SEPA Dem says:

    Pres-Elect Trump stated that as part of his first-one-hundred-days he would introduce legislation to establish Term Limits, this is yet another reason why we need term limits.

  6. John M says:

    I wonder what his sentance would have been if Fattah was white? It appears that African Americans get tougher sentences even in political corruption cases.

  7. MtAiryBill says:

    Twice as long as Fumo, whose actions were much more egregious and spread over many years. The double standard at work.

  8. Jan Powers says:

    10 years OK with me IF, and it’s a big IF….he actually spends the 10 years in jail. Didn’t harm anyone? Anytime a crook engages in deceit and arrogance for so long hurts individuals, the position to which he was elected, the reputation of the State from which his crappy self was continually elected, and to the national level where he contributes to the feeling that we can’t trust government and foreign countries feel we can be “bought”. Law and Order IS important. Time for white collar crooks to get the message, too.

  9. KSDF says:

    When’s Renee headed to the slammer for conspiracy?

  10. Who, what now? says:

    Bucks voter. How did it not impact people? The thing about representing a constituency is all of your actions impact people in more ways than Joe Shmo on the street going to his average job on an average day. And. This wasn’t one instance. This is decades to be held accountable for. Decades of dodging and avoiding repercussions while the FBI investigated and he flagrantly continued these actions. It’s your money and my moneyou, my country and your country he was a total scum bag and pig for years of self righteous actions he subjected America to. He created a family participating in these actions as well. His wife and son, stealing and manipulating. Wasting taxpayer resources and spending taxpayer dollars.

    He should be lucky he isn’t tarred and feathered, subjected to the stocks. That would be some fantastic justice for a man who had such disrespect for his country and people.

  11. BucksVoter says:

    Far too harsh. 2-3 years would be okay, but ten years for a non-violent crime that impacted few people is an injustice.

  12. john says:

    10 years federal time means 10 years…according to Zane Memeger. Just right, sends serious signal.

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