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December 10, 2008

The sentencing benefits of joining the winning team in the OJ case

This AP story, headlined "All 4 former Simpson co-defendants get probation," reports on yesterday's sentencings outcome for those defendants in the latest OJ case who figured out the best sentencing game-plan for small-time criminals is to plead guilty and help prosecutors by testifying against the big dogs.  Here are the basics:

Four men who pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for testifying against O.J. Simpson at his robbery-kidnapping trial were sentenced Tuesday to probation, drawing a loud protest from a sports memorabilia dealer they held at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

"You've got to be kidding me!" Bruce Fromong exclaimed after Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass sentenced Michael McClinton to eight years' probation. McClinton, 50, testified that he supplied two guns and brandished one during the Sept. 13, 2007, confrontation. "Get him out of the building," Glass said of Fromong. She did not let Fromong address the court before sentencing.

Glass lectured the four defendants but accepted a state recommendation that they serve no prison time. She handed probation terms of six years to Charles Ehrlich, four years to Walter Alexander and three years to Charles Cashmore.

The sentences were much lighter than those meted out Friday to Simpson and Clarence "C.J." Stewart, the only co-defendant who stood trial. Glass sentenced Simpson to nine to 33 years in prison and Stewart to 7 1/2 to 27 years.

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Does Nevada have a Crime Victims Bill of Rights? If so, and if the victim promptly complained to a higher court, the judge's handling of the victim's request to be heard on the sentencing issues could result in a vacatur of the judgment and a remand for resentencing, possibly before a different judge.

Posted by: Peter G | Dec 10, 2008 9:28:55 PM

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