Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Deja Vu Times Two
The wife of Enron's former finance chief pulled out of her plea bargain with prosecutors on Wednesday after a federal judge rejected a recommended prison term of five months, sending the case to trial.

Lea Fastow, a former Enron assistant treasurer, changed her plea to not guilty after U.S. District Judge David Hittner snubbed a deal the prosecution and defense had vigorously advocated.

As Lea Fastow stood before him, the judge said he saw no reason why she should not serve the 10 to 16 month term probation officials recommended in a pre-sentence report.
It was history repeating itself between the judge and DeGeurin. In 2000, Hittner rejected a plea-bargained sentence of six months for a woman in a drug case and gave her nearly five years.
Seems like we've been here before. Evidently for the judge and Fastow's attorney, DeGeurin, on more than one occasion. Bet Lea's hopin' the third time's a charm.


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