Douglass Mackey Sentenced to 7 Months for Conspiring to Violate 18 USC 241

Douglass Mackey, the right wing troll prosecuted early this year for conspiring to trick Hillary voters into throwing away their votes, was just sentenced to 7 months in prison (the government had asked for 6-12 months).

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Ann M. Donnelly: Sentencing held on 10/18/2023 for Douglass Mackey (1). Appearances by AUSA Erik Paulsen, AUSA Frank Turner Buford, and AUSA William Gullotta. Andrew Frisch counsel for defendant Mackey (present on bond). Probation Officer Erica Vest, present. Case called. Statement from defense counsel, and the government heard. The defendant is sentence on the sole count of the indictment to seven months imprisonment, two years supervised release, $100 special assessment, and a $15,000 fine. Defendant informed of right to appeal. For the reasons stated on the record the defendants request to stay sentencing pending appeal is denied. (Court Reporter Sophie Nolan.) (DG) (Entered: 10/18/2023)

Yesterday, Judge Ann Donnelly denied Mackey’s bid for acquittal or a new trial and today, she denied his request for a stay pending appeal. This post describes how Mackey and his co-conspirator Microchip set out to “infect everything” during the 2016 election.

This is charge, 18 USC 241, is the third charge with which Trump was charged in his January 6 indictment, so Donnelly’s ruling and any appeal Mackey makes may serve as important precedent in that case too.

10 replies
  1. David F. Snyder says:

    7 months for abetting the creation of 7 years of ensuing chaos and death threats upon the Constitution? I doubt this will deter any of the ones already stirring up the dregs for the 2024 race.

    • earlofhuntingdon says:

      Not the defendant’s fault that there were a thousand other defendants, and state and national GOP organizations that fully support the chaos.

      • nothin from nothin says:

        Um. So let me check the math. Trump along with 18 codefendants plus 30 unindicted co-conspirators means that we divide any sentence by 49? Is that how it works?

        • bmaz says:

          So, a bunch of contested charges, now equate to relative guilt? Is that how it works for you?

          Good to know. Let me check that math….

        • earlofhuntingdon says:

          Chose your pen name well. It works the other way around: each case needs to be decided on its own merits.

          My comment responded to Snyder’s lament that a 7 month sentence (plus two years supervised release) seemed low, because the US has experienced 7 years of trouble. Unless this specific defendant caused that, it’s irrelevant. But you knew that.

    • Ed Seedhouse says:

      It will deter those who can be deterred. It won’t deter those who can’t be, but then nothing else would either.

      Seven months is a long time, especially if you are middle class, lose your employment, and have to maybe work in a burger joint to somehow raise $15,000.00. A close relative of mine served only 6 months for a minor offense, and that basically wrecked their life.

      • BobBobCon says:

        I think there were a lot of people who could have joined Trump’s schemes after the 2020 election but held back, and not because they were suddenly moral converts to the cause of free elections.

        And that was well before it was clear how hard DOJ would be going after Trump. and there was good reason to believe he would still be a major player in GOP politics.

        Some extremists will still commit crimes, but I think the calculus has shifted even more toward staying clean since late 2020. It remains to be seen if it’s shifted far enough, of course.

  2. Matt Foley says:

    Seven months should be enough time for him to read Josh Hawley’s book about how to be masculine. I hear sprinting away from J6 tourists gets MAGA women hot.

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