Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
BOSTON �— A spat between U.S. District Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and a Massachusetts state court judge over a vacated state court conviction that reduced the sentencing range for a convicted drug dealer ended with the state judge reversing her decision and a federal judge slapping the convicted drug dealer with 15 years. In March, a federal jury found Matthew West guilty of two counts of possession of cocaine with attempt to distribute. USA v. West, No. 06-10281 (D. Mass.) On October 10, a federal judge sentenced West to 15 years of prison plus 10 years of supervised release for cocaine distribution. “The 15 year sentence imposed in this case reflects the defendant’s long criminal history including three prior attacks on police officers and two prior convictions for dealing cocaine,” said Sullivan in a statement. West’s stiff sentence was possible because Massachusetts District Court Justice Diane Moriarty reversed her order vacating West’s six-year-old assault and battery conviction on Oct 9. A state court spokeswoman released a statement noting that Moriarty experienced “significant chest pain, nausea,” and lethargy on September 24, the day she issued the order about West. Moriarty admitted to the emergency room of a local hospital that afternoon. In her new order, Moriarty noted that she made the decision after reviewing the transcript in an improved physical condition. West’s attorney, Timothy R. Flaherty of the Boston-based Flaherty Law Offices, said the sentence was not fair. “It’s important to understand that this 2001 shoving incident changed Matt West’s sentence from 12 to 18 months to 15 years,” Flaherty said. West was caught selling cocaine at an unlicensed Boston strip club that he operated, and Flaherty said the government wanted to punish him for not cooperating with its investigation of Boston police who attended West’s unlicensed parties. “It’s about punishing someone who refused to cooperate and become a police informant,” Flaherty said.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.