Your comments on the Laws post are mostly right and I was being remiss. Either you have a zero tolerance of corruption amongst Parliamentarians or you don't. Laws is as guilty as the others, and I don't think the sentencing magistrate would give that much weight to either his sexuality or his abilities as Chief Secretary.
However, I believe rehabilitation is possible. How many decent soldiers, upright citizens and honest burghers were shocked into future rectitude by one early brush with the law?