Local Politics

Judge May Seek Stronger Sentence Against Former Legislator

Posted April 20, 2007 11:54 a.m. EDT

— A federal judge indicated he might seek a tougher sentence for Michael Decker.

The former state legislator pleaded guilty in August to switching parties in exchange for campaign contributions.

Decker had hoped to get leniency for helping federal authorities investigate former House Speaker Jim Black. But in a court filing, U.S. District Court Judge James Dever wrote he "is contemplating an upward departure" from the sentence recommended under federal law.

Decker's sentencing is scheduled for Friday, April 27.