Adventures of the Senator Mayor. Special position for special people
Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, 72, has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on Tuesday for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress, 39 year old Tamika Riley, who got 15 months. James apologized to his wife of 44-years “for his human frailties.”
The judge in letting James skate, reduced his sentence from the requested 20-years said James “has accomplished much in his life,” and the prosecution request for up to 20 years “disappoints me and shocks me,”
James was the second African American Mayor of Newark and served five, four-year terms before declining to run for re-election. From June 1999 until leaving his position as Mayor in July 2006, James simultaneously served as Mayor of Newark and a Democrat New Jersey State Senator.
Sounds like there is plenty of hyprocirsy to go around in Newark, New Jersey.