Thursday, June 08, 2017
Gianforte pays his weregild
Weregild is the money you pay to the owner of persons or property that you have damaged or destroyed. It is an ancient custom and thoroughly appropriate for Republicans whose ideas are rooted in ancient times.
Gianforte said the $50,000 donation to the CPJ, an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes press freedom and that protects the rights of journalists worldwide, was made “in the hope that perhaps some good can come of these events”. He added: “I made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness.”Both sides seem to be happy with the price paid by the Congresswrestler-elect.
Gianforte still faces criminal charges over the altercation. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $500 or face a jail sentence of up to six months. He was expected to appear in Gallatin County justice court this week but was granted an extension to 20 June, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
The assault occurred on 24 May, the night before a special election to fill the House seat vacated by secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke.
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