Thomas A. Bergstrom, of counsel in Buchanan's litigation section, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the likely prison term length that awaits recently convicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
"Thomas A. Bergstrom, a former federal prosecutor who now works as a white-collar defense lawyer at the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, said that because Fattah was convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, one of the toughest federal criminal statutes, he can expect a long sentence, perhaps as much as 20 years.
"I hope he doesn't get that," Bergstrom said. But, he added, "because of the racketeering conviction, I would be very concerned. It's just an ugly statute. Among all the federal crimes, it is one of the most serious. It is historically the vehicle they use to prosecute racketeers."
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