MEDIA ADVISORY: March 13, 2019
Northwestern Law professor and former federal prosecutor available on Manafort sentencing
CHICAGO --- In his final court appearance, Paul Manafort was sentenced to an additional 43 months, on top of the prison time he received in court last week, bringing his total prison sentence to 7.5 years. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Professor Juliet Sorensen said whether Manafort’s sentences were fair depends on your point of view, but that each sentence was below the range in the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Sorensen is available for comment.
Sorensen is director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Law and the Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law. From 2003-2010, Sorensen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, focusing on fraud and public corruption. She can be reached at (office) 312-503-1482 or j-sorensen@law.
Quote from Professor Sorensen
“Paul Manafort has now been sentenced by both of his trial judges. Each judge appears to have considered the statutory requirements in sentencing, and each has imposed a sentence below the range in the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Whether Manafort’s sentences were fair depends on your point of view, but they are consistent with data showing that many sentences for economic crimes, such as Manafort’s, are below their guideline range.”