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Another "celeb" who was arrogant enough to think he was just going to walk away from it all.  

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On 11/7/2018 at 8:31 PM, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Another "celeb" who was arrogant enough to think he was just going to walk away from it all.  

Would love to be this guy's shrink.  The feds had an airtight case on this guy, but he still chose to go to trial.  That probably cost him a few hundred grand in attorneys' fees and extra time in prison.  Did he really think he was innocent or did he think he's smarter than the US Attorneys' office. 

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And today Carton gets sentenced.  Phil Mushnick (who's clearly willing to buy into the whole "disease" crap with gambling addicts) reporting that Carton will have a 5-minute video released after he's hauled off to prison, in which he (honestly?) chronicles his missteps, and everything it has cost him. 

I'm usually not one to judge too harshly (people do fvck up, we're all human, and sometimes it takes a hard fall to come back a better person), but he was yet another guy who professed his innocence and was telling everyone how this was all going to be proven as bullsh!t.  I kinda hate that crap.  It makes you wonder what he's really sorry about...that he couldn't somehow play the usual arrogant celeb game, usually involving paying some high-priced lawyers to find some technicality or loophole to nab him a Get Out Of Jail Free card?  I guess it's gotta be a good thing that he at least appears to come to grips with what he truly was and how much he fvcked himself over (not to mention many others), but it's kinda hard to feel terribly sorry for him.  I guess for ONCE, I'd like to see someone like him not play the "I'm really innocent, I swear I did nothing wrong, this is all a big misunderstand...oh sh!t, turns out I've been found guilty, so now I feel very badly about everything, I'm really a super-swell nice guy underneath it all, I just made a bad mistake!" card.

Hopefully he comes out of prison a changed man. 

 

And he's sentenced (3.5 years, $4.8 million in restitution, community service)...and of course, it's not his fault, because he has a "disease"...fortunately the judge saw right through that crap:

https://nypost.com/2019/04/05/craig-carton-gets-three-and-a-half-years-in-prison-for-7-million-ticket-resale-scam/

“Your honor, my name is Craig C. and I’m a compulsive gambler,” he told McMahon. “I’m truly powerless over this disease.”

The 50-year-old shock jock begged for no prison in Manhattan federal court but couldn’t sway Judge Colleen McMahon.

“Colleen from New York. First time, long time,” the jurist greeted Carton.

Then, she laced into him.

“Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified … reputation in tatters,” she said, as the dad of four sat expressionless. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.”

 

“I never intended to take money from people and not pay them back,” he said in court. “I had grandiose plans about how we would all make money together.”

But in a lengthy lecture, McMahon noted, “A gambling addiction is not an excuse for stealing from people or defrauding people.”

“You broke the compact, so you have to take a timeout from society,” she added.

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2 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

And today Carton gets sentenced.  Phil Mushnick (who's clearly willing to buy into the whole "disease" crap with gambling addicts) reporting that Carton will have a 5-minute video released after he's hauled off to prison, in which he (honestly?) chronicles his missteps, and everything it has cost him. 

I'm usually not one to judge too harshly (people do fvck up, we're all human, and sometimes it takes a hard fall to come back a better person), but he was yet another guy who professed his innocence and was telling everyone how this was all going to be proven as bullsh!t.  I kinda hate that crap.  It makes you wonder what he's really sorry about...that he couldn't somehow play the usual arrogant celeb game, usually involving paying some high-priced lawyers to find some technicality or loophole to nab him a Get Out Of Jail Free card?  I guess it's gotta be a good thing that he at least appears to come to grips with what he truly was and how much he fvcked himself over (not to mention many others), but it's kinda hard to feel terribly sorry for him.  I guess for ONCE, I'd like to see someone like him not play the "I'm really innocent, I swear I did nothing wrong, this is all a big misunderstand...oh sh!t, turns out I've been found guilty, so now I feel very badly about everything, I'm really a super-swell nice guy underneath it all, I just made a bad mistake!" card.

Hopefully he comes out of prison a changed man. 

 

And he's sentenced (3.5 years, $4.8 million in restitution, community service)...and of course, it's not his fault, because he has a "disease"...fortunately the judge saw right through that crap:

https://nypost.com/2019/04/05/craig-carton-gets-three-and-a-half-years-in-prison-for-7-million-ticket-resale-scam/

“Your honor, my name is Craig C. and I’m a compulsive gambler,” he told McMahon. “I’m truly powerless over this disease.”

The 50-year-old shock jock begged for no prison in Manhattan federal court but couldn’t sway Judge Colleen McMahon.

“Colleen from New York. First time, long time,” the jurist greeted Carton.

Then, she laced into him.

“Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified … reputation in tatters,” she said, as the dad of four sat expressionless. “Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.”

 

“I never intended to take money from people and not pay them back,” he said in court. “I had grandiose plans about how we would all make money together.”

But in a lengthy lecture, McMahon noted, “A gambling addiction is not an excuse for stealing from people or defrauding people.”

“You broke the compact, so you have to take a timeout from society,” she added.

Judge McMahon is as no-nonsense as they come.  The sentencing guidelines read like instructions to program an old VCR in Mandarin Chinese, so I couldn't tell you whether he could have faired better with another judge.  But he couldn't have gotten a worse judge to hear his sob story.

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And good for her, because I think Carton probably has some very sociopathic tendencies...they'll say and do anything to try to talk and weasel their way out of situations...make up or embellish a situation to garner sympathy, turn on the charm (many sociopaths can become quite charming and relatively pleasant when they need something from you), etc.  And yeah, that Judge was having NONE of that.  But she hears sob stories every day in a job like hers I'm sure...and deals with her fair share of sociopaths.   

https://www.wikihow.com/Spot-a-Sociopath

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