US District Court Judge William Pauley III is speaking in court and addressing the discrepancy between how the defense and the government view the grouping of the counts against Michael Cohen for the purposes of sentencing.
Pauley says the government's argument is correct in terms of how to group the tax evasion counts for sentencing purposes.
Here's how the guidelines break down, according to Pauley:
- For the charges from New York prosecutors: Cohen's guideline range is 51 to 63 months in prison
- For the special counsel charges: The guideline range is zero to six months of imprisonment