Fla. Court Allows Mitigated Sentence For Restitution Payment

Law360, New York (November 27, 2013, 7:32 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a trial court did not violate a defendant's 14th Amendment due process rights by offering to drop a 10-year sentence to eight years in exchange for an upfront restitution payment for victims of a financial scheme.

A divided Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal, sitting en banc, upheld a jury's conviction of Jean Claude Noel on racketeering and first-degree grand theft charges and said the trial judge's sentence reduction in exchange for a $20,000 restitution payment was within...
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