Should Criminals Be Allowed to Travel Before Sentencing?


When should a criminal defendant be allowed to travel? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asks that question in the case of Gregory Podlucky, who admitted diverting more than $25 million from his company to his own pocket, using the money to build himself a castle, and an expansive model train collection and to purchase rare gems.

Podlucky, 51, faces a fedeal prison term, but a judge gave him permission to fly to Los Angeles to spend the weekend at his son’s college orientation. “These judgments are idiosyncratic,” said law Prof. G. Robert Blakey of Notre Dame. “It’s incredible he’s permitted to go anywhere. He’s run off with millions and millions of dollars [ ] I’m surprised they’d give him bail at all, let alone [let him] get on a plane and fly across the country.”

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