Embezzling Atty Loses Bid For Lighter Sentence At 2nd Circ.

Law360 (October 25, 2018, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the five-year prison term handed down to a former Connecticut bankruptcy attorney who pled guilty to embezzling millions of dollars from clients, saying prosecutors did not violate his plea deal.

In a three-page summary order, the panel dismissed Peter Ressler’s claim that prosecutors broke the plea deal by failing to push for a below-guidelines sentence during his 2017 sentencing hearing, saying nothing prosecutors told the court at the hearing breached the agreement.

“At no point did the government explicitly say to the district court that Ressler was not entitled to a downward departure or variance....

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