Justice: Judgment Day For Leona

Judgment Day For Leona

The sentence seemed to satisfy even the most vengeful spectators. Four years in a tiny cell shared with two or three other prisoners. A $7 million fine. A $1.6 million bill for unpaid federal and state taxes. And once the jail term is up, 750 hours of community service caring for infants born with drug addictions or AIDS.

Tears failed to save hotelier Leona Helmsley, 69, the "Queen of Mean," who once sneered that only "little people pay taxes." Imploring Federal Judge John M. Walker Jr. not to imprison her for tax evasion, Helmsley wept, "I am more humiliated and ashamed...

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