Friday, April 23, 2010

Feds Want an Eight-year-plus Sentence for Bruno by Casey Seiler - Capitol Confidential

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Former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno should face more than eight years in prison for his conviction on two felony counts of theft of honest services fraud, according to a sentencing memorandum filed today by the U.S. Department of Justice.

A 14-page memorandum filed this afternoon by federal prosecutors outlines the government’s position regarding what punishment they believe is appropriate for Bruno, 81, who is scheduled to be sentenced May 6 in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Bruno’s attorneys, meanwhile, filed an opposition memorandum today asking for leniency for the fallen Republican leader and said that due to a variety of factors he should no time behind bars or at most only six months in prison.

Federal sentencing guidelines, the defense team said, call for Bruno to face a maximum of up to six months incarceration. They asked the judge to consider sentencing him to no time in prison.

Read Brendan Lyons’ story here.

View the memos from both sides after the jump.

Here’s the feds’ sentencing memo:

Usa Sentencing Memo