Federal Judge Goes Easy On Another White-Collar Crook

A year ago, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney punished a Southern California corporate executive who'd stolen more than $1 million by sentencing him to a year of probation and, incredibly, not a minute of jail time.

Carney is at it again.

This week, the former corporate lawyer and 2003 President George W. Bush appointee finally got around to punishing another white collar criminal arrested by the FBI nearly 2,400 days ago.

Charged in a 2007 federal indictment, John Jay Callahan worked as a client manager at Citibank where he participated in a "fraudulent equipment leasing" scheme involving the theft of at least $9.5 million.

People who've stolen clothes, candy bars or a six-packs of beer have gone to prison for years in California.

But Carney--a former star UCLA football player--decided to go easy on this crooked businessman from Warminster, PA.

After sealing evidence of the defendant's guilt, he punished Callahan (a.k.a. John Jay Callaghan) with 120 hours of community service and waived a $100 court fine.

In 2009, a Wall Street Journal writer celebrated Carney for dismissing charges against Broadcom Corporation officials accused of illegally backdating documents and lecturing a federal prosecutor for aggressively pursuing the corporate executives.

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Something was wrong with the website and it was sticking so I had to reload it and then delete the numerous repeated posts.

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

As they say: Money Talks Bullshit Walks.

"Judges are nothing more than lawyers in black robes that have been appointed to the bench by someone else", it's called influence peddling.

gregbpc topcommenter

If he played a major role in the crime...lock him up!  I can't stand thieves and swindlers.


wat kind idiot judge is he fired his stupid white ass


As I have said a number of times. In this nation we have a set of laws, and we have one interpretation for the deep pocket wealthy and another interpretation for everyone else. It makes one wonder how much "Free Speech" is put into the pockets of these judges...

ltpar topcommenter

Justice is neither sure, swift or consistent.  


Wow. How is this possible??? WHO WAS HIS LAWYER???


I can't say I agree or disagree with your take, Mr. Moxley, since you have provided absolutely no details about the case.  What was Callahan's role in this "fraudulent equipment leasing" scheme?  The government is not all that lax on white collar crime - look at Bernie Madoff...

fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Funny how conservatives like to accuse liberals of being "soft on crime"...but then this judge appointed by Dubya gives a guy who stole $9.5 MILLION+ DOLLARS a slap on the wrist. Um, hello?

What a "Carney"val of injustice.


that's funny, I kicked someone's car for not apologizing for almost running over me and my girls and I get 3 years probation, court fees, restitution fees and 80 hours of community service. Damn it's nice to be rich and white...
This country is a fucking joke!


@gregbpc  That's the  problem greggy boy...this asshole and his ilk have gotten away with BILLIONS  of dollars worth of crimes at the expense of the poor and middle class in this country for years. With a wink and a nod these scumbags are let off left and right by the so called  "system of justice" in this country and it gets absolutely NO news coverage. AMERICANS are content to look the other way and pretend its NOT HAPPENING. But who cares! So long as the"GUBMINT" is harrassin' and arresting MESHEECUNS for havin' no papers or other minorites for some trumped up charge, people like you will always have someone to look down their noses to..and that's all that really matters in the end.. right?


Madoff stole from the wealthy. That was why he went to prison.

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