"Ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling sentenced to 3 ½ years for leaking secrets to New York reporter"The Associated Press
Barry Pollack was quoted regarding ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling's sentencing following espionage charges for divulging classified information to a New York Times journalist. Pollack, who represented Sterling, argued that the Espionage Act was intended to prosecute spies and not officials who talked to journalists. Thus, he requested leniency similar to that prosecutors showed recently to David Petraeus, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the highest-profile general from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
While the sentencing guidelines called for Mr. Sterling to be sentenced to at least 19.5 years, the Court sentenced him to 3.5 years. After the sentencing, Sterling's defense team thanked the judge for what they considered to be a fair sentence, however they still plan to appeal the conviction. "In some cases, the jury gets it wrong," Pollack said. "That said, the judge today got it right."
Pollack's remarks have been republished in a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, US News and World Report, Politico and The Guardian, among others.