Lawyers for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said their client shouldnt get any jail time, asking a judge to consider his lengthy time in the military.
Flynn moved last week to withdraw a guilty plea to one count of lying to investigators. If Flynn ends up being sentenced, the lawyers said, Judge Emmet Sullivan should take into account Flynns “exemplary character,” the attorneys said.
“He served his country for more than thirty-three years. His family up and down and across the generations proudly served and still serve now,” they wrote, noting that prosecutors acknowledged Flynns military service and adding that Flynn is involved in charitable work.
“The Court should weigh Mr. Flynns military service substantially and favorably. His choice to dedicate his career to protecting Americans, by putting himself in harms way, distinguishes him from the vast majority of all Americans and almost anyone else who appears before this Court for sentencing, and certainly more than anyone else prosecuted by the SCO,” the lawyers wrote.
The lawyers also said the government shouldnt be rewarded for trying to allegedly punish Flynn for pushing back against requests that he give false testimony while cooperating with the government.
“In considering an appropriate sentence, factors like deterrence are considered; the Court thinks about the message it sends to others not before it. Here, the Court should applaud Mr. Flynns courage to stand firm against attempted coercion. If other cooperators know that they will be rewarded for testifying truthfully, not testifying to please prosecutors, the search for justice will be enhanced,” they wrote.
“Conversely, attempts by prosecutors to use their extraordinary leverage in an attempt to change the facts to meet their theory, rather than the truth, should be overtly chastised.”
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