Citing Philanthropy, Weiss Asks For Leniency

Law360, New York (May 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lawyers for Melvyn Weiss have asked a judge to give their client a sentence of 18 months for his role in a kickback scheme, noting the once-prominent attorney's age, charitable work and place as “one of the most extraordinary men of this generation.”

Weiss' attorney filed a 125-page motion Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The government filed a shorter motion that requests a longer term of 33 months.

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