Two brothers facing 30 years to life under federal sentencing guidelines for their roles in a securities fraud scheme received five-year sentences Thursday. In departing downward from the minimum recommended sentence by 25 years, a New York federal judge issued a 21-page opinion -- the longest sentencing memorandum of the senior judge's career -- which criticized the guidelines' "fetish with absolute arithmetic."
Criticizing Guidelines, Judge Gives Sentences 25 Years Less Than Recommended Minimum
New York Law Journal
August 15, 2008