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January 25, 2006

Judicial complaint about plea deal's leniency

A fitting companion to this Florida story of a federal judge finding the guidelines too lenient in an alien smuggling case, I see from White Collar Crime Prof Blog the news of this California story involving a federal judge finding a plea deal too lenient.  Here are highlights:

A Los Angeles federal judge Monday rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed former Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. Chief Executive Henry Yuen to escape prison time in exchange for pleading guilty to destroying evidence in a Securities and Exchange Commission probe.

U.S. District Judge John Walter said the agreed-upon sentence of six months of home detention, a $250,000 fine and a $1-million charitable donation "failed to reflect the seriousness of the offense." Walter said last month that he was inclined to reject the plea deal between Yuen and the Justice Department because it was too lenient and "sends the wrong message to corporate America."

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