Dirksen Federal Courthouse | Sun-Times File
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow told Gregory Paloian “you went into this a second time with your eyes wide open and you made a bargain with the devil that it would work out.” But because of Paloian’s medical issues, she stopped short of a stiffer sentence prosecutors had sought.
Before she sentenced a man who had admitted running an illegal sports gambling operation in which people allegedly lost tens of thousands of dollars, a federal judge noted Wednesday it wasn’t the first time the man had gotten in trouble for gambling.
Rather, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow told Gregory Paloian, 66, “you went into this a second time with your eyes wide open and you made a bargain with the devil that it would work out.” Still, because of Paloian’s medical issues, Lefkow stopped short of a stiff sentence prosecutors had sought, handing Paloian two-and-a-half years in prison instead.
“Your honor,” Paloian said, clearly disappointed. “Thirty months in the penitentiary?”
A heavy sigh came next. Then, during what seemed more like a casual back-and-forth than a formal federal court sentencing, Paloian and his attorney tried to bargain and quibble with the judge. And a prosecutor eventually joined in during the hearing held by video.
Defense attorney Joseph Urgo asked whether part of the sentence could be served in home confinement. Paloian said Lefkow’s ruling could turn out to be a death sentence. He admitted he made mistakes. But he asked, “What does this sentence accomplish other than the ultimate kick-somebody-when-they’re down?”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Kinney then countered that Lefkow should revoke credit given to Paloian for accepting responsibility for his crime — a move that could increase Paloian’s sentence. Kinney insisted that Paloian “has no touch with reality.”
But Lefkow finally ended the argument, telling both sides, …read more
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