Sentence in Coke case is the real thing


“This is the kind of offense that cannot be tolerated in our society.” So decreed federal judge J. Owen Forrester in sentencing Joya Williams to eight years in prison for her role in a plot to steal trade secrets from Coca-Cola. He actually gave the former Coke secretary a stiffer sentence than prosecutors recommended—by about two years! “The guidelines as they are written don’t begin to approach the seriousness of this case,” the judge blustered.

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