Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A federal judge who didn’t like the 57-year sentence he was forced to impose is persuading the prosecutor to help him correct the sentence.

A federal judge who didn’t like the 57-year sentence he was forced to impose is expected to cut the punishment today after persuading the prosecutor to help him.
The defendant, Francois Holloway, has already served nearly two decades in prison for carjackings and his participation in an illegal chop shop used to sell parts from stolen cars, the New York Times reports. Sentenced in 1996, Holloway received more time in prison than the average for convicted murderers in the Eastern District of New York at that time. . . . .  Already speaking out against mandatory minimum sentences, U.S. District Judge John Gleeson of Brooklyn went to bat for Holloway, the Times says. He wrote to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and asked her to vacate two of Holloway’s convictions. At first she refused, but she agreed after reconsidering.  More.

Originally posted in ABA Journal Law News
by Debra Cassens Weiss  July 29, 2014

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