Department of Justice Seeks Jail Time for ‘Hope’ Poster Artist

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If the Shepard Fairey’s poster was at one time a symbol of the mythical Hope and Change, then this story is symbolic of that entire facade crumbling down around them:

Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image.

In advance of Friday’s scheduled sentencing of Fairey in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Department of Justice has filed a memorandum arguing that a prison term for the 42-year-old artist would be “appropriate.”

However, prosecutors did not specify how long Fairey should be incarcerated (though, statutorily, his punishment would not exceed six months). Additionally, government lawyers have contended that Judge Frank Maas could fine Fairey up to $3.2 million.

“A sentence without any term of imprisonment sends a terrible message to those who might commit the same sort of criminal conduct,” wrote prosecutor Daniel Levy in a September 2 memo. “Encouraging parties to game the civil litigation system…creates terrible incentives and subverts the truth-finding function of civil litigation.”

The guy should have run guns illegally into Mexico and he’d have gotten off scot-free. Oh well… somebody’s got to pay for Obama’s mess — sure ain’t gonna be Obama. At least not until November. Might as well blame the poster guy.