A Camera-shy Politician?

From HUFFPOST:

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before his election, does not want to be treated like a common criminal ― for more than a month, he has been quietly fighting a court order requiring him to get fingerprinted and photographed at a local jail.

The lawmaker was charged with misdemeanor assault for “body-slamming” The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs after the reporter asked a routine policy question. Gianforte was not arrested for the May 24 assault ― law enforcement officials cited him for it a few hours later. Montanans the next day elected the wealthy tech entrepreneur to the House seat Republican Ryan Zinke had vacated to become President Donald Trump’s Interior Department secretary.

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Gianforte entered his guilty plea on June 12 and was fined $300 and ordered to pay $85 in court costs. He also was given a 6-month deferred sentence and ordered to perform community service, attend anger management counseling and appear at the Gallatin County Detention Center to be photographed and fingerprinted.

But Gianforte demurred from the latter part of his punishment. Just a few days later, his legal team filed a motion arguing that the county’s Justice Court does not have the authority to force him to be fingerprinted or photographed because, among other things, he was neither arrested nor charged with a felony.

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Gianforte, 56, was silent at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday when HuffPost asked why he was fighting the court order. When asked whether he believed other Montanans cited for misdemeanor assault also shouldn’t be fingerprinted and photographed, he walked into his office without comment.

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Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West said in June that he thought “some jail time here would be appropriate” for Gianforte, according to the Missoulian newspaper. The judge wanted to sentence him to four days in jail, which would be converted to two days in a work program that could include tasks like picking up trash on highways. But after West realized that the work program was not available to people who commit violent crimes, he settled on community service and anger management counseling, instead.

Gianforte in early June sent a letter of apology to Jacobs—after initially blaming him for the fight—and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists as part of an agreement in which the reporter agreed to forgo any civil claims. The people of Montana “want us to move on,” Gianforte said.

His critics, though, find his effort to avoid being fingerprinted and photographed at odds with [his claiming to take full responsibility].

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5 responses to “A Camera-shy Politician?

  1. Another dastardly GOPer full of himself. He is fooling no one. Well, Of course he thinks his crap does not stink and that he is above the law just like Model T.

  2. the loony tic

    why didn’t the reporter sue the pants off this guy? a famous prosecutor would have taken the case for free just for the exposure.

    • Because the reporter has a lot more class than this asshole. The first thing I thought when I saw this story was that I hope the reporter sues him now. I don’t think that window is closed, but I don’t think Jacobs will do it, simply because he is a reporter and doesn’t want to be part of a story.

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