University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on the Resentencing of State Sen. Vince Fumo

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August 24, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on the resentencing of State Sen. Vince Fumo after an appeals court reversed his sentence.  Fumo, a powerful Philadelphia-area politician convicted of more than a hundred counts of public corruption offenses, received a 55 month sentence -- far less than the twenty-plus years prosecutors had sought under the federal sentencing guidelines.  The appeals court reversed the sentence because the judge made numerous procedural mistakes in calculating the sentence, all in favor of Fumo.  Professor Harris said that Fumo may very well end up with a substantially longer sentence than he received before. 


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