Wal-Mart Executive's Sentence Too Light, Court Says

Law360, New York (August 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal circuit court has found that a district court was overly lenient in sentencing former Wal-Mart Inc. executive Thomas Coughlin, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges of wire fraud and tax evasion, to no jail time because of his serious heart condition.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, with one judge dissenting, reversed a district court's decision to vary Coughlin's sentence downward eight levels from the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range and omitting imprisonment.

The circuit court remanded...
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