U.S. Court Denies U.S. Government Weiss Resentence Motion Despite Austrian Conditions

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On August 15, 2002, U.S. District Court Judge Patricia C. Fawsett denied the U.S. Government?s Motion for Re-Sentencing of Sholam Weiss despite the condition placed on his extradition order by Austria that Defendant Weiss should not be sentenced on Count 93 of the indictment (i.e., the obstruction of justice charge). During his trial in 1999, Mr. Weiss failed to appear after the jury received the case. He became a fugitive and was convicted of multiple counts of Racketering Conspiracy, Money Laundering, Interstate Transport of Stolen Property, False Statements and Obstruction of Justice. On February 15, 2000, the court sentenced Weiss in Absentia and imposed punishment for all counts of conviction. In October 2000, Austrian authorities arrested Weiss. On May 8, 2002, the Austrian court authorized Weiss extradition to the U.S. on all counts for which he had been convicted, except Count 93. On June 9, 2002, the Austrian authorities surrendered Weiss to the U.S. in accordance with the extradition order. At present, Weiss is due to serve a sentence of 845 years in prison, the longest federal sentence ever imposed.