Monday, August 21, 2017

Today -100: August 21, 1917: The theme of the day seems to be “two years in prison”

In Hungary (which has a new prime minister, Sándor Wekerle), food is now so scarce that they’re letting out of jail everyone whose sentence is less than 2 years, and some with longer sentences.

The two members of that NYC draft board who were arrested for selling draft exemptions plead guilty, although they claim they only took bribes from people who were physically unfit anyway (meaning they were only cheating those people rather than the US government, a lesser crime legally but a more dickish one). That argument went over as well as you’d expect. They’re sentenced to 2 years.

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