New York federal Judge John Gleeson on Tuesday sentenced a former Brooklyn Bar Association president to 27 months in prison, six months less than the minimum called for by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Imposing Edward Reich's sentence for accepting $10,500 in bribes while acting as a court-appointed referee, Gleeson called the lawyer's acts "a flat out abuse of power." In departing from sentencing guidelines, Gleeson said he was influenced by Reich's health, age and agreement to pay restitution.
Former Brooklyn Bar Head Gets 27-Month Prison Term
New York Law Journal
July 6, 2005