(Recommendation: read & decide for yourself)
"Federal prosecutors maintained in a filing on Thursday that Jack Abramoff crony Kevin Ring should face 17 to 22 years in jail because he is "is not entitled to the benefits, or leniency, enjoyed by his co-conspirators who stood in a very different position in 2005 to 2008 than he does in 2011."Some of the comments make sense.
Ring's lawyers had argued that the tough sentence the Justice Department has sought against him -- which exceeds the time served by all 20 other defendants in the conspiracy combined -- was a form of retaliation for his decision to go to trial and not plead guilty like many of his co-conspirators.
in a filing Thursday, federal prosecutors ... [disagreed, saying Ring's] "insupportable" argument was essentially that it is "retaliation" if the government "ever seeks a higher sentence than the sentence to which it agreed for any of his co-conspirators." ..."