Usually, the longer a guilty defendant fights his case, the longer his time behind bars. Or so William Lerach may have thought.

Lerach and Melvyn Weiss, two former kings of the securities class action bar, went down in a federal racketeering probe. Lerach cut a deal before indictment, while Weiss pleaded guilty after litigating for a spell. So Central District Judge John Walter sentenced Weiss to six months more in prison.

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