RICHMOND, Va. - An attorney for a former Virginia legislator convicted of bribery and extortion says prosecutors are using the wrong standard for calculating an appropriate prison term.
Phillip Hamilton of Newport News will be sentenced Aug. 12 for soliciting a job as director of a teacher training center he helped create at Old Dominion University with taxpayer money. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of at least 12 years and seven months.
Defense attorney Andrew Sacks says in court papers that the government's recommendation is improperly based on the fact that ODU received more than $400,000. He says it should be based on the $80,000 Hamilton was paid, which would cut the guideline to as little as 6 1/2 years.
Sacks says even that would be too harsh considering Hamilton's previously clean record.
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