Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Govt. Drops Charges Against Wife in Return for Husband's Plea

The Providence Journal (projo.com) reports that the former fire safety chief at the Rhode Island School of Design has plead guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return. (see also Chronicle of Higher Education here).  The prosecution claims that the accused had fled to Ireland, but the defense contested that position. Interestingly, the court in this case permitted the defendant to remain at home (w/ bracelet) pending sentencing.  The charges will be dropped against his wife in return for his guilty plea.  Should the government be able to use a spouse or partner as a bargaining chip in a plea agreement?

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