According to the "Smoking Gun," Al Sharpton "snitched" for the FBI on some of New York's prominent drug kingpins such as the Genovese family. While everybody seems to be focusing on the ethics of Sharpton even being a "snitch", nobody seems to be questioning why he became one in the first place. At one point, he was actually caught on tape discussing cocaine deals with an undercover FBI agent. Now we all know that dealing cocaine is a felony punishable with some hard jail time. So, the question is: Did Sharpton trade jail time for being a snitch? If so, he really is a felon.
Of course, Al is fully denying either snitching or working for the FBI. But, think about this. Would anyone really want the world to know that you might have put some NYC mobsters behind bars? The penalty for doing that may be a little steep.