Today is judgment day for one of New Jersey's once most powerful politicians.
Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for his conviction last year on bribery and pension fraud charges.
But it seems unlikely that the 61-year-old Camden County Democrat will get that much time in prison when U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson decides his fate in a Trenton courtroom.
Just last week, Pennsylvania's disgraced former state senator, Vincent Fumo, was sentenced to 55 months in prison. Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced a year ago to 27 months in prison. In both cases, prosecutors asked for considerably longer prison terms.
Defense attorneys haven't said publicly how much time they think Bryant deserves. But expect a long list of supporters at his sentencing today to recount a litany of good deeds by Brant in a political career spanning more than 30 years.