Harsh Sentences For White-Collar Criminals In Question

Law360, New York (November 3, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Tough new sentencing guidelines for white-collar criminals are now in question after a federal appeals court threw out the 24-year prison term of former Dynergy Inc. executive.

The ruling was handed down by a three-judge panel at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned the sentence of the energy company’s former director of tax planning Jamie Olis, but upheld his conviction. The sentence has been remanded to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

In March 2004, Olis was sentenced to...
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