Federal prosecutors want conservative pseudo-intellectual Dinesh D’Souza to serve sixteen months in prison for campaign finance violations, citing his public statements as proof that he hasn’t learned anything yet.

(The government) also said D’Souza waited to “the last possible moment” prior to trial before admitting guilt, and then went on TV shows and the Internet to complain about being “selectively” targeted for prosecution, and having little choice but to plead guilty.

“Based on the defendant’s own post-plea statements, the court should reject the defendant’s claims of contrition on the eve of sentencing,” prosecutors led by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan said in the filing.

At first glance, this might seem like reason to question D’Souza’s judgment. But his calculations are much longer-term than sixteen months: upon his release, he’ll immediately go back to scamming conservative activists with the lies they want to hear, including ones about the nature of his trial and conviction. With any luck, he’ll make back that time in dollars very quickly.