Before his sentencing hearing in San Francisco federal court on Wednesday, Jeffrey Wertkin looked almost cheerful. The former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner was flanked by his wife, parents, in-laws and half a dozen other supporters, chatting and even smiling, all but indistinguishable in his dark suit and blue tie from every other lawyer in the building.
By the end, he was fighting back tears as he hugged his wife, Erin, while his mother sobbed in the hallway outside U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney’s 19th floor courtroom.
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