Over­due jus­tice catches up

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

THE WHEELS of jus­tice grind slow but ex­ceed­ing fine, as some folks around here may have dis­cov­ered at long last:

● His (dis) Honor Michael Maggio has run out of de­lay­ing tac­tics, for U.S. District Judge Brian Miller—a judge wor­thy of the ti­tle—or­dered the hap­pily for­mer judge to turn him­self in to fed­eral mar­shals, and off to jail with him. He is now to be­gin serv­ing a 10-year prison term for bribery. No longer judge, it’s past time Mr. Maggio traded in his nice coat-and-tie for prison at­tire. For he had pleaded guilty to his crime, be­fore try­ing to un-plead. The man’s crim­i­nal­ity seems to have been ex­ceeded only by his chutz­pah, a le­gal term of art for sheer nerve.

● Gla­dys Waits, aka Gla­dys King, no longer has to wait for jus­tice. It caught up with her in U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr.’s court­room the other day where she was sen­tenced to 108 months in fed­eral prison for tak­ing bribes to help oth­ers sub­mit phony claims they’d pro­vided meals for low-in­come chil­dren. At least she wasn’t just put on pro­ba­tion, as her lawyer had rec­om­mended. All in all, she and her co-con­spir­a­tors de­frauded We the Peo­ple out of more than $9.6 mil­lion from a state-op­er­ated pro­gram of the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Money that should have been used to feed hun­gry kids. She ought to be ashamed of her­self—if only these types were ca­pa­ble of shame.

● Shirley Sooy, who used to live in her na­tive Arkansas, has changed her place of res­i­dence to the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Car­swell in Fort Worth, Texas, af­ter plead­ing guilty to wire fraud and money-laun­der­ing as part of an up­dated Ponzi scheme she op­er­ated through her var­i­ous busi­nesses. She and her cozy co-con­spir­a­tors fun­neled some $42 mil­lion through their op­er­a­tion, the Tran­sVan­tage Group, but the bills they were pay­ing were largely their own, and they ran up a lot, what with their taste for lux­u­ries, among them a $135,000 Maserati and a 48-foot yacht. These high-class, low-be­hav­ing thieves were def­i­nitely not pik­ers when it came to spend­ing other peo­ple’s money, usu­ally on them­selves. She’s got a 50 month sen­tence ahead—and in the fed­eral sys­tem there are no paroles. Which should be as­sur­ing news to a pub­lic she bilked for all too long.

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