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December 15, 2005

A white-collar sentencing in scarlet and gray

Right in my backyard today was a high-profile white-collar sentencing involving former Ohio State University marketing professor Roger Blackwell and his co-defendants.  Here are highlights from this informative article about today's sentencing:

A federal judge has sentenced Roger D. Blackwell to six years in federal prison for his role in the 1999 Worthington Foods Inc. insider-trading scheme. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Graham on Thursday also ordered Blackwell, 65, to pay a $1 million fine.

Earlier in the day, Graham sentenced co-defendants Kelley L. Hughes to 33 months in prison, and Hughes' husband, Kevin L. Stacy, to 27 months.  They were each fined $53,433, their share of the ill-gotten proceeds from trading in Worthington Foods stock prior to the public announcement in 1999 that the company was being acquired by Kellogg Co.

A helpful reader reported via e-mail that Blackwell's sentence of 72 months "was on the upper end of the guideline range of 63-78 months, and the judge made an upward departure on his fine [in order] to sentence him to pay $1,000,000." 

Some of my prior coverage of the many interesting post-Booker white-collar sentencing issues can be found in these posts:

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Blackwell is the most sanctimonious, pretentious, venal huckster of a human being I have ever encountered. He was unnecessarily demeaning and unkind to many students. Roger Blackwell once testified to Congress on behalf of cigarette manufacturers, saying that in no way were Joe Camel and other ciggie cartoons intended to or effective in getting minors to smoke. I might point out that Judge Graham warned him about profiting from his crime or incarceration in any way. A couple of years into Blackwell's stay in a federal prison, he published a story about his jail time in a Conde Nast business publication, violating the judge's order.

Why did Roger receive such a harsh sentence? Bad karma, and Judge Graham intuited that he was a no-good human being.

Blackwell appealed on the basis of the jury considering facts not in evidence. While Blackwell's ex-wife was on the stand testifying against him, he mouthed the words, "I hate you," sotto voce from the defense table. Jurors took note in disgust. Appeal denied. That just shows you what a petty, improvident, pompous jackass that Blackwell is. For what it's worth, Blackwell was a friend of L Brands' magnate Les Wexner, who also was a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein.

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