Is white-collar crime treated more leniently in the US?


The sentencing of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has sparked an intense debate about the way white-collar crime is punished in America.

The perceived leniency of the sentence handed down by US District Judge TS Ellis was met with disbelief and outrage by many legal experts.

Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison as punishment for a string of fraud charges, estimated to have cost the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) millions of dollars.

The reaction on social media was swift, with many condemning the sentence and suggesting it was indicative of a wider problem in how the US legal system unfairly treats different types of criminals.