Former Franklin D.A. sentenced to 42 months in prison
Posted by Birmingham News staff
March 06, 2008 4:18 PM
A former Franklin County district attorney who was convicted by a federal jury on misdemeanor civil rights counts of fondling five young men during searches when he was a prosecutor was sentenced this afternoon to 42 months for his crime.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott handed down the sentence to John Piliati, who was taken into custody immediately. Ott, hearing the case in Florence, also fined Pilati $12,500.
Pilati was accused of fondling the five, who were between the ages of 17 and 20, after ordering them to strip for searches or to give urine samples for drug tests.
Pilati already has served six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents who were investigating him on allegtions he extorted criminal defendants for favorable treatment.
I posted about John Piliati's trial and the crimes he has now been convicted of a few months back. In my opinion 42 months isn't nearly long enough in prison for this guy. Imagine if your teenage son got wrapped for a little weed and this guy was in charge of prosecuting his case! He is a PREDATOR!
Why, in this state, do we sentence adults to life in prison for selling non-toxic plant material to other adults willing to engage in said transaction, but we let child molesters and sex offenders off with a slap on the wrist? And, we are especially lenient on former law enforcement officials caught with their britches down or with their hands in the drug vault, it seems to me. I think if someone commits a sex offense against a child and there is enough physical evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt then the offender should never be let out of prison. NEVER!! Why do we turn these freaks loose to prey on the innocent and vulnerable? To make room for some unfortunate soul who got caught smoking pot? I don't knbow about you....but given the choice I'd much rather have a pot smoker living next to me than a child molester.
This system is horribly broken and I need your help to fix it.
Have fun in prison Mr. Piliati. May you meet face to face with some of the folks you put there for using, selling or possessing weed.