Anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was indicted in January for allegedly reimbursing "straw donors" who each gave $10,000 to U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, a New York Republican, in 2012.
After claiming his innocence for months, D'Souza suddenly pleaded guilty in May to a felony of violating a campaign finance law.
D'Souza told Fox News in May that he pleaded guilty because the judge wouldn't allow his defense, which was how he was supposedly a victim of selective prosecution by the Obama administration because of his political views, noted Talking Points Memo.
While most people convicted of felonies end up in state prison, Reuters reported this week that D'Souza was sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center in San Diego and given five years probation by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman.
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"It was a crazy idea, it was a bad idea," D'Souza told Judge Berman on Tuesday. "I regret breaking the law."
D'Souza's lawyers claimed that the conservative author was "ashamed and contrite" about his crime during their successful effort to keep him out of prison.
However, D'Souza didn't sound "ashamed and contrite" when he appeared on the Fox News show "The Kelly File" last night, noted MediaMatters.org (video).
"I've got a big smile on my face now," D'Souza told host Megyn Kelly. "This was really an effort to put me out of business. The government was trying to lock me up for between 10 and 16 months and a federal judge said 'no.'"
However, Judge Berman made no mention of anyone trying to put D'Souza "out of business."
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D'Souza, a Christian, thanked his supporters for praying for him, and went on to blame the Obama administration for his legal problems.
"There seems to be a pattern of this administration using the instruments of the law, the IRS, and so on to go after its critics," stated the convicted felon.
Kelly, who plays the tough "law and order" personality when interviewing liberals such as Bill Ayers, gushed over D'Souza.
"Only you, Dinesh, could walk away from this kind of an experience where you admit you committed a felony, you were facing 16 months in jail, and now the whole process has restored your faith in America, the judicial system and it's made you love the country even more," beamed Kelly.