A federal judge in Brooklyn has rebutted the criticism by a top Department of Justice official that many federal judges have “lost” their “moorings to the sentencing guidelines” in major fraud cases.

The attack on a “regime” of judges who impose fraud sentences “inconsistently and without regard to the federal sentencing guidelines” appeared in a letter sent in June by Jonathan J. Wroblewski, the director of the Office of Policy and Legislation to the chief of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge William K. Sessions III.

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