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Judge in Trump Trial Has a Tough Sentencing Record in Jan. 6 CasesRead Time: 1 min
Member Robert Driscoll (Washington, DC) was quoted on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on August 25 discussing U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is handling the federal investigation into President Donald Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bob has previously appeared before Judge Chutkan when representing high profile clients in DOJ investigations.
Chutkan has handed down tougher prison sentences than the government asked for in nearly 25% of her Jan. 6 cases. That is a notably higher rate than nearly all other judges handling these cases.
“She was definitely on the high end of the range of those people,” said Bob Driscoll, a defense attorney at the McGlinchey Stafford firm in Washington. “She was, in fact, still might be the only — if she’s not the only she’s one of the only — judges that has several times gone above the recommendation made by the government.”
“We all understand, I mean, most of us in normal cases, that the judge has all the control and for 99.9% of us an admonition from the court is just kind of followed per se,” said Driscoll. “I think in this case, the key question for her is going to be, or what?”
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