My, how things have changed in four years.

(Shepard Fairey, looking rather dour for his mugshot)

Via the Smoking Gun.

Federal prosecutors want Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster, to serve time in prison following his misdemeanor conviction for destroying and fabricating documents in connection with a civil lawsuit over the iconic campaign image.

In advance of Friday’s scheduled sentencing of Fairey in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Department of Justice has filed a memorandum arguing that a prison term for the 42-year-old artist would be “appropriate.”

“A sentence without any term of imprisonment sends a terrible message to those who might commit the same sort of criminal conduct,” wrote prosecutor Daniel Levy in a September 2 memo. “Encouraging parties to game the civil litigation system…creates terrible incentives and subverts the truth-finding function of civil litigation.”

Fairey, seen in the above mug shot, has admitted destroying electronic records and creating fake documents in an effort to thwart a copyright lawsuit brought by the Associated Press, which contended that Fairey had based the “Hope” image on a photo taken by an AP lensman.

Levy stated that Fairey reaped significant reputational and financial benefits from the Obama “Hope” image, which was created in early-2008. The prosecutor specifically cited the escalating combined profits of three Fairey companies, which grossed $2.93 million in 2007, $4.59 million in 2008, and $6.08 million in 2009.

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  1. midget says:

    Time wounds all heels.

  2. He got a few elbows, kicks, and punches in Copenhagen when he pulled a Sean Penn and inserted himself in a violent dispute between leftist fascist anarchists, and city police and government. Google: Shepard Fairey Copenhagen attack. This is what you get for trying to suck up to violent fascists. You better check with them first and make sure what you do conforms 100% with what they think at the time, lest you get beat down. But I am sure he could not resist trying to further his celebrity and shore up his international street credentials among his peers.

  3. ffigtree says:

    So, he didn’t build that! :D

  4. TX Soldier254 says:

    Another Democrat Obama Clinton Zombie bites the dust…more please!

  5. Timbo says:

    I know most of you won’t agree, but I’m going to pull a Maynard here(that’s a compliment Maynard). This doesn’t make much sense, Federal prison time for a misdemeanor sentence? That is unusual. And why is it being pressed by the DOJ.

    Makes me ask the question; what does this guy know and are they trying to use this tactic to shut him up or intimidate him?

    Just sayin…

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