Monday, July 8, 2013

Federal Judge Sets Date for Sentencing of SEIU's Tyrone Freeman

Freeman and Monica Russo

Here’s the latest news from the SEIU corruption trial in California.

In a one-page ruling (see below), a judge has scheduled Tyrone Freeman for sentencing on September 30, 2013 at 2:00pm in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles. 

Freeman faces a maximum possible sentence of 164 years on 11 criminal counts including embezzlement, theft of labor union assets and mail fraud -- although his sentence will be far less severe. 

Freeman famously carried out his crime spree while holding the dual positions of Vice President of SEIU and the President of SEIU Local 6434 in Los Angeles. Freeman is closely tied to SEIU's top leaders, including SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU President Emeritus Andy Stern, who appointed Freeman to multiple high-paying positions inside SEIU.

In late May, a federal judge dismissed Freeman’s request to be acquitted of all criminal convictions or, alternatively, to be re-tried on each count. As a result, Freeman is once again moving towards a sentencing date.

Along with scheduling Freeman's sentencing, the judge’s recent order also sets a series of deadlines for U.S. prosecutors, Freeman’s attorneys, and sentencing officials to file various pre-sentencing documents that will influence the judge's decision.

Here's the document. More to follow.