Sunday, September 17, 2006
It is likely that word will arrive this week on what sentence Jamie Olis, former employee at Dynergy who was convicted for his role with Project Alpha, will receive. Olis originally received a sentence of 24+ years, but the Fifth Circuit (Hon. Edith Jones authoring the opinion) sent it back for re-sentencing. Professor Doug Berman, of the Sentencing Law & Policy Blog, has a wonderful recap of the arguments made during the resentencing hearings (see here). This is a wonderful opportunity for a judge to note the sentences received by co-defendants Gene Foster, Olis' boss who was given a sentence of 15 months in jail, and co-worker Helen Sharkey who received a sentence of one month, and recognize that our system of justice should not punish individuals who avail themselves of their constitutional right to trial by jury.