A federal judge in New York has defended a non-guideline prison sentence for a former business executive convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud, saying to rule otherwise would be a "travesty of justice." In May, District Judge Jed S. Rakoff sentenced Richard P. Adelson, the former president of Impath Inc., to 42 months in prison, rather than 85 years as prosecutors had suggested in papers. The government filed a notice of appeal, and the judge this month issued a memorandum explaining his decision.
Judge Rejects Executive's 85-Year Guideline Sentence as 'Travesty of Justice'
New York Law Journal
July 31, 2006