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June 29, 2010
High-profile below-guideline political corruption sentence headed to Third Circuit
As detailed hereand in other posts linked below, last summer brought lots of discussion and debate over the 55-month prison sentence imposed on Pennsylvania state lawmaker Vincent Fumo for his convictions on various corruption charges. Because Fumo was convicted at trial of many charges involving lots of corruption, most commentary assailed his below-guideline sentence as too lenient. And now, as these newspaper reports highlight, this high-profile federal sentencing debate is going to be heading to the Third Circuit:
- From the Legal Intelligencer here, "Federal Prosecutors Get OK to Appeal Former Senator's Fraud Sentence"
- From the Philadelphia Inquirer here, "Prosecutors get go-ahead to appeal Fumo sentence"
Because Fumo is in his late 60s and because the Sentencing Commission has new proposed amendments that indicate that age now is a potentially relevant departure factor, this case may be extra interesting in its briefing and argument concerning reasonableness review. That said, I suspect the government's appeal will stress what it views as procedural errors that it will say played a role in the sentence Fumo got from the district court.
Related prior posts on Fumo sentencing:
- State senator Fumo gets below-guideline sentence of 55-months imprisonment on corruption charges
- Comparing white-collar apples and drug dealing oranges at sentencing
- "Feds seek to appeal 'unreasonable' Fumo sentence"
- Continued buzzing about the (soft?) sentence given to Fumo
June 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM | Permalink
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