A judge presiding in federal court in New Jersey thinks the government is not playing fairly when it comes to sentencing. His decision to impose penalties at sentencing that were well-below those sought by federal prosecutors brought to public attention a common law enforcement and prosecutorial tactic designed to manipulate the sentencing guidelines.
The case began with the arrest of a suspect as part of an investigation organized by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF created a sting operation involving a fake stash house. Agents got word out that the house held large quantities of cocaine, and they waited for someone to try to rob it.