Judge Orders Anti-Obama Filmmaker D'Souza Receive Psychological Counseling

Dinesh D’Souza was ordered to continue community service and psychological counseling in court on Monday. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A Manhattan judge on Monday ordered Dinesh D’Souza, best known for documentaries critical of President Obama, to continue four more years of community service, as well as psychological counseling.

D’Souza was sentenced in September to eight months in a work-release center, five years of probation, a $30,000 fine and community service after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations in May 2014. He had arranged "straw donors" to contribute $10,000 to the failed 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of his college friend Wendy Long. 

The psychiatrists D’Souza was first ordered to see found no signs of depression, but U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman overruled their findings and ordered D'Souza see a new psychological counselor weekly.

“I’m not singling out Mr. D’Souza to pick on him,” Judge Berman said. “A requirement for psychological counseling often comes up in my hearings in cases where I find it hard to understand why someone did what they did."

He continued: “That Mr. D’Souza committed this crime involves a colossal failure of insight and introspection. The case notes also say Mr. D’Souza has weaknesses in controlling his own impulses and that he is prone to anger in reaction to criticism."

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