Sampson: I’m no Skelos, so give me a sentencing break | NY Post

Lawyers for John Sampson say the ex-state senator deserves a sentencing break — because he’s not as bad as Dean Skelos.

In papers filed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court, Sampson’s attorneys claim imposing the 87-month prison term on July 20 that prosecutors want would “raise significant concerns about unwarranted disparities” — because Skelos got five years.

The government called Skelos, the ex-Senate majority leader, a “more serious” case, wrote lawyers Nathaniel Akerman and Joshua Colangelo-Bryan.

Skelos, who used his political power to benefit his son, was convicted of eight counts related to public corruption. Sampson was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in a mortgage-fraud probe.

Michael Benjamin
Twitter: @SquarePegDem

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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