Dan Sandler, the street performer who was once arrested for his anti-Semitic rants in an Elmo costume, was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday.
He was charged with trying to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts, which he called a "protest" against the group's ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Sandler, 49, said he was accepting his punishment of one year in jail because he had in fact broken the law, but he had a good reason for doing it.
"This was not a case of some one in the back room or front office trying to embezzle. This was more of a protest, like lying in an intersection," he said.
"I am not in any way sorry to the Girl Scouts organization because they are a very corrupt organization because of their relationship to the pharmaceutical industry."
Sandler said that even before his arrest, he has protested the use of "off-label marketing," or using drugs for different reasons than they are approved for.
He said his actions were a protest of the Scouts' engaging in that kind of activity for the industry and trying to push pharmaceutical products onto children.
Outside court, Sandler's lawyer, Lori Cohen, rolled her eyes and shrugged when asked what her client was talking about. That tells you a lot there.
Part of his sentencing deal is that he has to stay away from all Girl Scout officials who appeared to be the targets of a steady stream of irate emails.
Sandler had also pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny and stalking charges and was sentenced to on year on each count to run concurrently.
In an earlier case, Sandler was nabbed in September 2012, for Elmo's racist tirade, blocking traffic and resisting arrest in NYC while shouting:
"The Jews are responsible for everything that's wrong with the world! I hate the Jews!"
Between this and Kevin Clash, Elmo's had a rough go of it lately ...