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Government drops Conour sentence appeal

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The U.S. attorney’s office will no longer seek a longer prison sentence for convicted legal fraudster William Conour, according to documents filed recently in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Conour’s appeal will move forward.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Bohm filed a motion for voluntary dismissal of the government’s appeal on April 15, and the Circuit clerk entered an order the same day dismissing the appeal. The government previously moved to appeal Conour’s 10-year sentence on a single conviction of wire fraud, arguing the punishment was too lenient in light of the crime.

Conour, 66, pleaded guilty last year to stealing more than $6.5 million from more than 30 clients for whom he won settlements in personal-injury and workplace-death lawsuits. Federal prosecutors sought the maximum 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Young of the Southern District of Indiana sentenced Conour to less time in prison than the 14 to 17.5-year range recommended in a presentencing report.   

The government’s motion came days ahead of its filing deadline of April 23 for the opening brief in consolidated appeals. “Upon further consideration and consultation with the Office of Solicitor General, we have decided not to challenge the sentence imposed by the district court,” Bohm’s filing reads.

Neither Bohm nor Conour’s appointed federal defender Sara Varner replied to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the dismissal order sets a timeline for Conour’s appeal to be fully briefed by July 7.

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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