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Russian Weapons Trafficker Avoids Getting Life in Prison

• New York Times
Judge Scheindlin also sentenced Mr. Bout to five years of supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit $15 million — the value of the goods he intended to deal. But she said she rejected the notion of life imprisonment because she believed that had Mr. Bout not been ensnared in a sting operation, “there’s no reason to believe that Bout would have ever committed the charged crimes.”

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