In discussing Wednesday’s verdict, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie appeared in no rush to make a decision on a second trial. Christie said he would be consulting with New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, whose office investigated and prosecuted the case with federal authorities.
Christie and Milgram declined to say what issues would be weighed, but legal experts not involved in the case said part of the decision would hinge on the severity of the prison term given to James at his sentencing, scheduled for July 29.
James faces a probable term of about seven to eight years in prison, but a judge could impose a much stiffer penalty — as much as 20 years on some individual counts. Riley faces similar exposure. James could also be stripped of pensions that provide a six-figure annual income.
I hadn’t realized that James could lose his pension as part of the sentencing as well.