Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Talk show host gets prison time

A Wetumpka talk show host Monday was sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to deceive state officials to obtain welfare benefits, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Attorney General's Office said.

A Montgomery jury found Roberta Franklin, 50, host of 1250-WAPZ's "The Morning Show with Roberta Franklin," guilty in December of lying about her criminal record in applications for food stamps.

Suzanne Webb, a spokeswoman for state Attorney General Troy King, said prosecutors asked the judge Monday to sentence Franklin to three years in prison.

Franklin is known for her stance against prison overcrowding in Alabama.

This is a terrible miscarriage of justice. Roberta is a great woman who has done incredible things to expose the Alabama prison system for the cncentration camp that it is.

And that is why she is in jail.

This whole case reeks of selective prosecution on the part of the A.G.'s office. All of the other cases I have been able to find regarding food stamp fraud have all resulted in the perpetrator having to pay restitution......not jail time.

I will be writing more on this later today when I learn more.

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