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Former Oakland County attorney seeks leniency for role in Clinton Township bribery scheme – Macomb Daily

A former Oakland County attorney facing prison for his role in a Clinton Township bribery scheme has submitted over 100 character-reference letters from a wide range of people — a former basketball star, a Hollywood celebrity and several prominent people in the legal industry.

Jay Schwartz is seeking a federal prison term of 21 months, which would be below his attorneys’ computation of the sentencing guideline range of 27-33 months, while US Attorneys’ suggest range a higher range.

Schwartz is seeking the leniency based on his claim of a minimal, secondary involvement in the scheme, the limited long-term impact of the bribery and his exemplary reputation among his family, friends, employees and other associates, according to his attorneys.

Letters of support came from Shane Battier, a former college basketball star and NBA star who was coached by Schwartz at Detroit Country Day High School, TV game-show host and client Chuck Woolery, several judges and law-enforcement officers, lawyers, former colleagues and employees and friends.

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