A New York federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Dooney & Bourke's co-founder to a year and a day in prison for his role in a scheme to bribe government officials in Azerbaijan, but granted his request for bail pending appeal. The government had asked that Frederic Bourke Jr. get the maximum of 10 years, but Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled she was able to depart from sentencing guidelines. Said the judge: "It's not entirely clear to me whether Mr. Bourke was a victim, a crook, or a little bit of both."
In Azerbaijan Bribery Case, Entrepreneur Sentenced to One Year in Prison
The American Lawyer
November 11, 2009