Posted at 4:38 PM on August 10, 2006 by Mike Edgerly
Dean Zimmerman, the former Green Party member of the Minneapolis city council looking at prison time for taking bribes from a developer, sees himself in pretty good company. Speaking to MPR's Brandt Williams and other reporters after his conviction came down Thursday, Zimmerman had this to say about the prospect for prison time:
"A lot of my heroes have spent time in jail. Martin Luther King, Leonard Peltier, Nelson Mandela. In my lifetime, if you would have asked me when I was my son's age here - do you think you'll ever go to jail? I'm sure I would have said 'probably,'" he said.
Is Mr. Zimmerman saying as a kid he figured he would go to jail for taking a bribe, or saying going to jail to free one's country from apartheid or fighting segregation and discrimination in the American south equal taking $7200 in bribes?