A New York federal judge has rebutted a top Justice Department official's criticism that many federal judges have "lost" their "moorings to the sentencing guidelines" in major fraud cases. In a 16-page "statement of reasons" for a fraud sentence, Eastern District Judge John Gleeson wrote that the discrepancies between guideline sentences and actual sentences is not evidence of the unmooring of judges, but rather indicative of the difficulty of capturing the nuances of a complex case in a list of guidelines.
Federal Judge Refutes Justice Department's Criticism Over Sentencing
New York Law Journal
October 20, 2010