There’s Always Tomorrow

The day we’ve all been waiting for has not yet arrived –and it won’t be here tomorrow, either.  That’s because …

A [federal] court in New York has postponed the sentencing of Russian national Viktor Bout, who was found guilty of arms trafficking last November.  The court was to deliver its sentence on February 8, 2012, but the session was postponed as prosecutors failed to give their response to one of the defense team’s two motions.  No details were available on Tuesday.

Lunghu wonders whether certain mitigating factors are being taken into consideration during the course of consultations between Judge Shira Scheindlin and SDNY prosecutors.  Bout’s attorney, Albert Dayan, appears to be lobbying for a lighter sentence:

Lawyer Albert Dayan compares Bout’s “barbarian” incarceration conditions [at MCC] to those of the Count of Monte Cristo, a fictional creation of novelist Alexandre Dumas who spent 14 years in a prison cell.  Dayan says his client … has to spend “days and nights” in solitary confinement and is denied “basic, God-given rights like fresh air and sunshine.”

Actually, Albert, fourteen years would be considerably under the sentencing guidelines for the federal charges on which Bout was convicted.  Good luck with that.

On the brighter side, FCI Fairton gets plenty of sunshine and fresh South Jersey air.  Better than Lewisburg or Allenwood.


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