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December 20, 2005

News flash: "embarrassment is not in the sentencing guidelines"

Though the thickness of the federal sentencing guideline manual might suggest nothing is left out of guideline calculations, this article reports on a notable sentencing today in which the government's lawyer was quick to say "embarrassment is not in the sentencing guidelines."  Here are some highlights from the rest of the story:

Anthony Doria, who founded the Vermont Law School and ran for the U.S. Senate, is headed to prison for defrauding a woman of $115,000.  Doria was sentenced in federal court to one month in prison, five months of home confinement and three years of probation on federal tax evasion charges. He must also make restitution to his victim....

Prosecutors claimed Doria took the money from Barbara Umbrecht of Newport, N.H., in 1998 and 1999. She believed he was investing the money on her behalf. Umbrecht said she was disappointed with the sentence.

Doria's lawyer, Barbara O'Connor, had asked U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha to allow Doria to serve his time in a prison medical center. "A jail term for Anthony Doria, at 78 years of age, seems unproductive," said O'Connor.  She said the embarrassment caused by the charges was "extreme punishment."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Woodcock said "embarrassment is not in the sentencing guidelines." "Mr. Doria did nothing good for Mrs. Umbrecht," she said. "He wasn't investing her money, he wasn't even putting it in savings. He was spending it."

In other New England news, this interesting story about a federal case in Maine — evocatively headlined "Tearful pimp gets 11½ years" — reveals that, though there's no crying in baseball, there's sometimes a lot of crying at sentencing.

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