2008_07_sharpesjames.jpgSharpe James, the former five-time mayor of Newark, NJ who was convicted of corruption in April, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for "failing to disclose his romantic relationship with a woman whom he helped to get a lucrative deal on some city-owned land." U.S. District Judge William Martini said, "This is a sad day. A sad day for the citizens of Newark who are disappointed in the conduct of the mayor." Martini also criticized the prosecutors, who had been hoping for a 20-year sentence. James's former mistress Tamika Riley was sentenced to 15 months in prison.