U.S District Judge Richard Leon told lawyers for the company and the government at a court hearing today in Washington that they may have made “too good a deal” and that he will make up his mind within weeks whether to take the unusual step of rejecting it.
At a July hearing, Leon said that he had misgivings about the size of the penalties that were part of the deferred prosecution agreement and the lack of charges against individuals. The judge also said he was troubled by the news report.
Leon said today that rejection of the accord would be “novel” and he wasn’t aware of other instances where a federal judge had made a similar decision regarding a deferred-prosecution agreement. Such agreements have sometimes faced public criticism over claims of being too lenient.
The case is U.S. v. Fokker Services BV, 1:14-cr-00121, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers