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'Varsity Blues' Judge Tough, Fair, And A Good Draw For Feds

Law360, Boston (April 11, 2019, 9:58 PM EDT) -- U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, the subject of a judge-shopping spat in the "Varsity Blues" case, is well-known around the Boston bar as a fair jurist, but one of the toughest on defendants and a potential delight for prosecutors.

The first parent indicted in the headline-grabbing college admissions bribery scheme, David Sidoo, got Judge Gorton by a random spin of the judicial wheel. But some defendants say the government then improperly added 18 additional parents to the judge's docket, and some of them now want to be spun off, or to have the entire case reassigned away from Judge Gorton,...

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