Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt, accused of paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein under the United Nations' Oil-for-Food programme has been sentenced to 12 months 1 day in a low security jail.
In explaining the sentence, which was six months less than the low end of the sentencing range under federal guidelines, U.S. District Judge Denny Chin cited "amazing letters" from admirers of the 83 year old.
"Mr. Wyatt is a most extraordinary man.
He has lived a remarkable life.
There is little doubt in my mind that Mr. Wyatt broke the law."
What a remarkable country America is; where, on the one hand, the death sentence is routinely carried out yet there are times when mercy is also shown.