Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Scrushy and Siegelman Ask for No Prison Time

Motions have now been filed by former CEO of HealthSouth Richard Scrushy and former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman asking that the court give no prison time to the pair.(see Al.com here)  This is in sharp contrast to the government's request of 30 years for Siegelman and 25 years for Scrushy. (see here)  Perhaps what is the most fascinating part of the difference in sentences requested by the government and defense is that even if one were to follow the Sentencing Guidelines there is no agreement on what sentence should be issued.  One of the purposes behind the guidelines was to provide uniformity in sentencing.  But as reflected by this case, interpretations of how to read guidelines makes uniformity very difficult.

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