From the NY Times
This has got to be the supreme joke on the rest of us "common people."An ethics subcommittee is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday morning and consider whether to formally find Mr. Rangel guilty on each of the 13 counts. If he is found guilty on any of the charges, the entire ethics committee would deliberate on a suitable punishment, which ethics experts say would most likely be a letter of reprimand or a formal censure. While the committee has the power to expel, that has happened only rarely and is considered highly unlikely.
He's been re-elected & can continue to do business as usual after they slap him on the hand.
As I understand it, tax fraud could mean jail time for any of the rest of us. "Sloppy finances" would not be much of a defense.