“…weighs heavily in favor of a substantial term of imprisonment. In particular, the nature and seriousness of the offenses and the need to promote respect for the law and afford adequate deterrence are especially weighty considerations”
Friday afternoon, federal prosecutors issued a sentencing memorandum recommending “a substantial term of imprisonment” for former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen.
“As set forth herein, consideration of the factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) weighs heavily in favor of a substantial term of imprisonment. In particular, the nature and seriousness of the offenses and the need to promote respect for the law and afford adequate deterrence are especially weighty considerations,” says the memo.
Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion, fraud, and lying to Congress.
Buzzfeed has the rundown:
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan suggest that Cohen should spend about three-and-a-half years in prison, although they do not provide a specific time-length recommendation.
The sentencing memorandum was filed on Friday afternoon in federal court in New York. It recommends “a modest downward variance” from the recommended range of 51 to 63 months in prison. In a footnote, the prosecutors note that the probation office “similarly” recommended such a variance and noted that the ultimate recommendation by that office is for a sentence of 42 months’ imprisonment.
For his part, special counsel Robert Mueller filed a second memorandum, recommending no additional prison time for Cohen’s more recent guilty plea for lying to Congress. He said it would be “appropriate” that Cohen serve any sentence in that case concurrently with any sentence in the case brought by the federal prosecutors in New York.
Earlier this week, US District Judge William Pauley had order the prosecutors’ offices to deliver their sentencing memoranda to his office by 5 p.m. Friday.
Cohen’s filing, which was submitted a week ago, asked to avoid prison time.
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