Prosecutors recommend prison for Dowie, Stodder

LOS ANGELES: Former Fleishman-Hillard Los Angeles GM Douglas Dowie should be fined and sentenced to five years in prison, and the firm's EVP public affairs John Stodder fined and given three years for their May 2006 wire-fraud and conspiracy convictions, federal prosecutors recommended in an Oct. 2 hearing. Stodder's attorney, Jan Handzlik, issued a statement calling for leniency on behalf of his client; Dowie's lawyers have asked for probation and community service. Though he had earlier rejected Dowie's request for a new trial, US District Judge Gary Feess said he would consider a motion asserting that the one-time P;R exec's constitutional rights were violated when Fleishman stopped paying his legal fees. Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13 in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES: Former Fleishman-Hillard Los Angeles GM Douglas Dowie should be fined and sentenced to five years in prison, and the firm's EVP public affairs John Stodder fined and given three years for their May 2006 wire-fraud and conspiracy convictions, federal prosecutors recommended in an Oct. 2 hearing. Stodder's attorney, Jan Handzlik, issued a statement calling for leniency on behalf of his client; Dowie's lawyers have asked for probation and community service. Though he had earlier rejected Dowie's request for a new trial, US District Judge Gary Feess said he would consider a motion asserting that the one-time P;R exec's constitutional rights were violated when Fleishman stopped paying his legal fees. Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13 in Los Angeles.

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