Connecticut federal judge Peter Dorsey, who has been accused of lenient sentencing, has been told by an appeals court to reconsider a no-prison sentence for a woman who embezzled nearly $366,000 from the bank where she worked, the Hartford Courant reports. Susan K. Godding faced 24 to 30 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines in effect at the time. Dorsey sentenced her to one day, a term satisfied by the time she spent in federal court on the day of her sentencing.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said yesterday that it was troubled by Dorsey’s reasoning for abandoning the sentencing guidelines and, given the nature of Godding’s offense, the “reasonableness” of the no-jail sentence. The court said it was “concerned that the brevity of the term of imprisonment imposed by this sentence does not reflect the magnitude of the theft of nearly $366,000 over a five-year period.” Last month, Dorsey sentenced former Connecticut Gov. John Dorsey to a little over 10 months in prison on corruption charges even after prosecutors urged him to increase, rather than reduce, the 15- to 21-month sentence his lawyer had negotiated in a plea bargain.