On April 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan to 30 days imprisonment, a $20,000 fine and two months’ supervised release. This was the first sentence obtained by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation into
We review Martin Shkreli’s 84-month sentence. “Pharma Bro” received a very, very low 84-month sentence statistically speaking, when compared to similarly situated defendants. We also review Judge Matsumoto’s federal fraud sentences to determine that while a low sentence from a national statistical perspective, an 84-month sentence is the second highest ever imposed by Judge Matsumoto.
In this week’s episode of our Federal Sentencing Round-Up, we review the recent guilty plea of rap artist DMX and likely sentence he may receive. We also examine the recent 60-year sentence of former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar on child pornography receipt and distribution charges.
Avoiding a likely significant sentence that could have resulted in a de facto life sentence, a mistrial was declared in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial. Over 97% of federal criminal cases are resolved through a guilty plea. Of the remaining 3% that go to trial, 2.4% result in guilty verdicts. Thus, Sen. Menendez’s mistrial is
Alan Ellis and Mark H. Allenbaugh discuss proposed amendments to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines pertaining to acceptance of responsibly, first offenders and alternatives to incarceration. AE-CLIP_Bloomberg BNA_WC_2018_Amend_Ellis_Allenabaugh
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jason Lewis (R-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at safely reining in the size and associated costs of the federal criminal code and prison system. A press release with a link to the legislation can be here: https://bobbyscott.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/scott-lewis-introduce-bipartisan-criminal-justice-reform-legislation
Assuming Sen. Menendez is convicted, the presentation below provides an estimated U.S. Sentencing Guidelines calculation, prison life expectancy analysis, and some statistical reporting regarding sentences for similarly situated offenders.
Salvador Galvan was sentenced on November 3, 2017 to 78 months’ imprisonment for embezzling over $3.7 million of city of funds. A 78 month sentence is in the 97.4th percentile for all offenders sentenced between 2006 and 2016 under 2B1.1, who pleaded guilty, and were in Criminal History Category I. In other words, Galvan’s sentence