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No Conviction, No Credit: Troubling Sentence For Cooperator

Publisher: Law360
October 24, 2016
Day Pitney Author(s) Daniel E. Wenner

Dan Wenner wrote an article, "No Conviction, No Credit: Troubling Sentence For Cooperator," for Law360. Wenner explores why cooperation agreements don’t always work by analyzing the case United States v. Harrington, No. 15-3486, 2016 WL 4409337 (7th Cir. Aug. 19, 2016), in which the government and defendant-cooperator Richard Harrington sought resentencing under Rule 35. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois appears to have penalized Harrington for his failure to help secure a conviction against the other defendant. On appeal, the Seventh Circuit puzzled at Judge St. Eve's sentence, vacated it and remanded the case for a do-over.

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