In sexual assault cases, like the one against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, outcomes often hang on the credibility of the accusers, who usually must testify, say legal experts.
Strauss-Kahn must also be monitored, hand in his passports, and post another $5 million bond. Prosecutors, who opposed the deal, said a grand jury indicted him on seven counts.
The judge sent Faisal Shahzad to prison for the rest of his life. His crime – attempting to bomb Times Square – was serious, and he was defiant in court appearances.
Bank of America and then-CEO Ken Lewis misled investors about the risks of acquiring Merrill Lynch, alleges a civil suit filed Thursday by New York's attorney general. The bank and the SEC, meanwhile, offer a $150 million settlement for investors over the Merrill Lynch episode.
The harsh sentence is meant to send a message, but is that necessary?