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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 05/02/2012

An ‘unjustified caricature’ of Harry Thomas Jr.?

It’s the day before disgraced former Ward 5 council member Harry Thomas, Jr. will be sentenced for his theft of $350,000 of city funds, and the jostling over how much time he should serve continues.

The City Paper (and The Post thereafter) reported late last night that Thomas’s lawyers filed an unusual second brief calling a sentencing recommendation by the prosecutors “unjustified.” In the original briefing, the U.S. Attorney for D.C. asked U.S. District Judge John D. Bates to impose a 46-month statement; Thomas’s lawyers originally said that they would be happier with 18 months.

In the defense’s follow-up, lawyers Seth A. Rosenthal, Karl A. Racine and Gilead I. Light criticize the prosecution’s “unjustified caricature” of Thomas and cite his cooperation with authorities and “undisputed good works” as a reason to only sentence him to a year-and-a-half in prison. “Stretching the facts well beyond the breaking point, the government belittles what Mr. Thomas has done for his community over the past two decades and asserts that, in any event, his crimes define who he is and obviate his years of service,” reads the five-page-long brief.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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