Judge Defends 'Disparities' In Fraud Sentences

Law360, New York (October 5, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has decried a push by the U.S. Department of Justice for the government to reform sentencing guidelines in high-loss fraud crimes, arguing that prosecutors already possess tools to reverse what the DOJ called “unwarranted disparities” in fraud sentences.

In a sentencing statement lodged Friday, Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York defended himself and his colleagues against a DOJ letter claiming a “regime” of district judges had emerged that had sentenced fraud offenders “inconsistently and...
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