Atty In Edwards Case Should Go To School, Not Jail: Judge

Law360, Los Angeles (January 17, 2012, 7:45 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday said Pierce O'Donnell — the prominent Los Angeles attorney accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to former Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign — should be forced to lecture law students on ethics rather than go to prison.

At a hearing, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero gave attorneys more insight on why he rejected a plea agreement in November that would have sent O'Donnell to prison for six months. Judge Otero compared the minimum-security detention facility O'Donnell would have...
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