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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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NYSACDL Speaks Out on Sentencing Disparity

NYSACDL President Richard Willstatter responded to a recent New York Times article, “Wide Sentencing Disparity Found Among U.S. Judges” in a Letter to the Editor which was published recently in the Times.  Imposing a sentence below that advised by calculations under the federal sentencing guidelines is based upon myriad circumstances such as cooperation, compelling personal circumstances or weakness of the case.  Individual sentencing decisions made by the federal judiciary take into these and other factors and should be respected by prosecutors, defense counsel and the public.