Sentencing Laws, Chelsea Manning, and the Woman of the Week | Skimm This | theSkimm

It’s March 8th. Happy International Women’s Day. And happy Friday. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • A judge sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 48 months behind bars on Thursday. Which was muuuuch less prison time than everyone expected. Cue: your newsfeed exploding. On today’s episode, we break down sentencing laws, and how judges make decisions around prison time.
  • Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning is back in jail. Today, a judge found Manning in contempt of court after she refused to testify before a grand jury that’s investigating WikiLeaks. We’ll tell you what you need to know while this story unfolds.
  • On yesterday’s episode, we asked you to tell us about women who have inspired you this week. You delivered. Today, you’ll hear from Skimm’r Jillian about a badass woman she looks up to.


On Thursday, Paul Manafort got muuuch less prison time than prosecutors recommended. Which got everyone talking. So today we’re breaking down sentencing laws … and how judges decide who gets to pass Go. In other jailhouse news: former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. She RSVP’d ‘no’ to an invite to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, and a judge found her in contempt of court. Also on today’s episode: your pick for Woman of the Week.