9th Circ. Upholds ICE Atty's 18-Year Sentence For Bribery

By Cara Salvatore (June 10, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit refused Tuesday to overturn a conviction and 18-year sentence for an attorney convicted of taking bribes from his clients in the chief counsel's office at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the government's case had met the requirements of federal bribery law.

The attorney, Constantine Kallas, collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients who wanted to stay in the U.S., a trial jury found in 2010. The appeals court upheld his 212-month sentence Tuesday, saying the government's case against Kallas didn't need to include a showing that Kallas abused his official position, as he'd claimed it did....

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