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April 12, 2019

The Controversial Massachusetts Federal Judge In 'Varsity Blues'
By Walter Pavlo

In Massachusetts, Judge Nathaniel Gorton has a reputation for handing down tough sentences but is there a way to prove that he hands down tougher sentences than other judges in the district? The answer appears to be yes. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. TRAC was established in 1989 as a research center jointly sponsored by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Through Freedom of Information Requests and great research, TRAC provides a lot of detail about how our justice system operations, one of those areas of research is how federal judges sentence compared to other judges. So I pulled the report on Judge Gorton ... and based on the report it looks like he is tougher on sentencing than other judges (Note: all cases are unique and comparison of judges' has limited value ... but it is certainly good information to know.) According to TRAC as it relates to Gorton: For all cases disposed of in the 12 month period ending in December 2017 that were credited to Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton in the District of Massachusetts, the average prison sentence was 60.6 months. During the 12-month span covered here, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton has sentenced 8 defendants compared with 21 defendants during the previous 12 month period.

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