Major Update In Ashley Biden Diary Saga

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A Florida woman has been under fire for her involvement in the scandal concerning the Biden family’s personal items. On Tuesday, Aimee Harris, who acknowledged robbing President Joe Biden’s daughter of her journal and selling it to Project Veritas, a conservative organization, received a one-month prison sentence.

The public first learned about Ashley Biden’s diary in October 2020 after it was revealed that parts of its entries were being leaked. There were rumored to be personal reflections and experiences in the diary. The circumstances surrounding the public release of the diary’s contents have generated controversy and raised issues with legality and privacy. In August 2022, Harris pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, admitting her involvement in Ashley Biden’s personal belongings being sold to Project Veritas. The conservative activist group is well-known for its use of hidden cameras and undercover sting operations to expose bias and wrongdoing in the media and other institutions.

Harris said last week that he had received $20,000 of the $40,000 the conservative group had paid for the goods. According to Fox News, the sentence, which was handed down in a federal courthouse in Manhattan, also included three months of house arrest.

“I do not believe I am above the law,” Harris, 41, told a judge, following a request from a prosecutor for a prison sentence due to her failure to appear at several sentencing dates. Harris cited her responsibilities caring for her two children, ages 8 and 6, as the reason for her absences. She added, “I’m a survivor of long-term domestic abuse and sexual trauma.”

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Harris acknowledged stealing items from Ashley in 2020. The president’s daughter had temporarily left some personal belongings at the Delray Beach, Florida, home where she had since moved.

Tuesday, a poignant Harris expressed regret for her part in obtaining Ashley’s personal correspondence. Harris acknowledged stealing the journal from a Delray Beach, Florida, home. In an effort to “make as much money as possible,” Harris also took books, clothes, bags, a digital storage card, and “everything she could get her hands on,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sobelman.

“She wanted to damage Ms. Biden’s father,” Sobelman added.

Harris’ actions were characterized by Judge Laura Taylor Swain as “despicable and serious.”

The defense lawyer, Anthony Cecutti, fought against Harris being put behind bars. He brought up her difficult past, which included trauma, and her efforts to support her kids while she healed from abuse and violence. Cecutti argued that Harris received sufficient punishment during the trial, pointing out that she continues to face difficulties in obtaining a full-time job.

He said, “She bears the shame and stigma of her actions.” It is expected that Harris will start serving her time in July at a federal prison in Florida.

According to her lawyer, Sanford Talkin, Harris “accepted responsibility for what happened and she’s looking forward to moving on with her life” in August 2022, as reported by CNN.

 

 

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