It almost never happens. But on Monday, it did.

Federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony counts of bank fraud and false information against State Rep. La Shawn Ford in exchange for his pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor income tax charge.

Let that sink in.

The Chicago lawmaker faced years in prison. Each felony charge carried a 30-year maximum sentence. Multiply 17 by 30 and see what you get.                      

Then, just last week, Ford’s trial was removed from the federal docket. Poof! Gone.

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