Judge Ronald Buckwalter called Vince Fumo a 'serious public servant' and gave him 55-months behind bars for the more than 130 counts of corruption on which he was convicted. Federal sentencing guidelines suggested 11 to 14 years in the slammer, but
the judge must have seen something the rest of us missed. To me it seemed that the former Philly State Senator used every aspect of his position to feather his own nest financially and wield power to satisfy his inflated ego. I guess the judge knows better. I suppose the message sent to other public servants who would stray from the confines of the law, is what? So much of what happens in Harrisburg stinks to high heaven, but no more than the sentence handed down by Judge Buckwalter yesterday!