Danny Douglas and Jay Campbell, have been sentenced to 18 months and 12 months plus one day, respectively, after being convicted of extortion. It seems the two former United Auto Workers officials agreed to end an 87-day strike at a GM plant in Pontiac, MI back in 1997 – but only after General Motors agreed to hire Campbell's son and the son of another UAW official for high-paying jobs they were evidently not qualified for.

It's been a rather long and winding road for Douglas and Campbell. According to the Detroit Free Press, the case first went to trial in 2002, and in 2003, the charges were dismissed by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds. Shortly thereafter, a trio of judges from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision and reinstated the charges.

The maximum penalty allowed for the pair of law breakers – both are now 70 years old – was up to 30 years in prison and fines of $750,000. Judge Edmunds, however, sentenced them much less strictly, with six months of house arrest and two years of probation. Both Douglas and Campbell appealed the ruling, and the case went back to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

That was apparently a bad move on their part. Their convictions were upheld and the Sixth Circuit actually sent the case back to Judge Edmunds, ruling that her sentences were too lenient. So now, it's off to prison for Douglas and Campbell.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Duo Mangahas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk about not knowing when to quit!
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      Just tip of unions corruption iceberg, but you will never see this on mainstream media
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey you think that's bad do some research on any election in Hidalgo County Texas and the employee roster of any city, school board, water district, etc etc. You will find grand new meanings and vast applications of the words nepotism and conflict of interest.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Shocked. :|
      • 3 Years Ago
      Happens everyday.. Solyndra anyone..The left is so corrupt that anytime stuff like this is exposed.. something violent will have to retaliate against it's coverage.. The union bosses are devout communist..Power is the primary focus.. very very corrupt..
      • 3 Years Ago
      ....corrupt people get what they deserve !....30 years retired ..Proud UAW worker !..yup !
      • 3 Years Ago
      1997? It is almost 2012. The legal system is broken.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that story was good but left out the important stuff like. how long were they sentenced for this time behind bars.. and are they going to apeall again?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jesse Jackson did the same thing to A/B to get his two sons a beer distributorship and he never went to jail - Yep good old Jesse told A/B he get all his black brothers and boycott A/B.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like the judge got some money under the table, no???
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would question the honesty and reasoning behind this Judge Nancy Edmunds. At first she completely dismisses all the charges. then when forced to sentence them, she barely gives them a slap on the wrist. She had to be forced to give them any kind of sentence, and it is still too lenient. Sounds like she might be depositing a little extra in her bank account.
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