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Manafort Sentence Shows Judges' Clout Over Special Counsel


08 Mar 2019

Morrison & Foerster counsel Robert S. Litt discussed a Virginia federal judge's sentencing of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to just under four years in prison over the closely watched special counsel's investigation in the Law 360 article entitled, “Manafort Sentence Shows Judges' Clout Over Special Counsel.” The sentencing marked the first of two scheduled sentencings for Manafort for his two different criminal cases. But while U.S. District Judge's ruling resulted in a dramatic deviation from prosecutors' recommendation of roughly 19 to 24 years, things could go very differently when Manafort appears before the second judge next week, according to several former federal prosecutors.

Litt said there was a general consensus among white collar defense attorneys that "the extent of the deviation is highly unusual." He further indicated that other attorneys representing people caught up in the special counsel's probe will likely point to Manafort's sentence as evidence their client should receive similar leniency.



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