Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Gianforte sentenced to community service, anger management

Civility: Not a one-way street Gianforte sentenced to community service, anger management
Freda Brock | 25 June, 2017, 10:32

While Gianforte's misdemeanor assault charge can carry jail time, Judge Rick West said that "did not want the congressman-elect to go to jail".

During the hearing, reporter Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, a British newspaper with an worldwide web readership, recounted his violent encounter with Gianforte and the subsequent national ramifications.

Gianforte also was assessed a $385 fine and a six-month suspended jail sentence by the Gallatin County justice court on Monday after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge. Zinke had won a second term as Montana's congressman last November before President Donald Trump tapped him for the cabinet post.

The Gianforte campaign's initial statement the night of the encounter from spokesman Shane Scanlon blamed the 'aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist'. "I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that, I am sorry", Gianforte said. I asked then candidate Gianforte a question about the most important issue of the day: the cost of the Republican health care plan. West also mandated Gianforte perform community service and attend anger management courses. Jacobs said in an MSNBC interview that he intends to cover Gianforte and will continue to ask him questions.

One woman said, " That certainly isn't up to me, but I don't know it's too confusing to even know. "Greg Gianforte should not be sworn in as a member of Congress, and if he is, he must resign". Jacobs can be heard saying his glasses were broken and he wanted to call the police. Audio released by The Guardian includes the exchange between Gianforte and Jacobs along with the sounds of Jacobs being pushed to the floor.

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The following day, Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist, a professional bluegrass musician making his first run for public office.

"I fully expect his thoughtful words to be followed by concrete actions once he takes his seat in Congress", he said of Gianforte's apology.

Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party, said in a statement that Gianforte should resign.

Gross said that though some have raised concerns that Gianforte was getting special treatment because of his status as a wealthy businessman and congressman-elect, she has seen zero evidence that's the case.

Last week, journalism advocacy groups - including PEN America, the Society for Professional Journalists, Free Press and Reporters Without Borders - filed an ethics complaint against Gianforte over the incident with Jacobs. Montanans said we need to drain the swamp ... and we have a lot of work to do.

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