It was a reunion of sorts in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller.
It’s been years since players in the infamous 2005 Strippergate trial were together. On March 5, some of them reconvened over a request by former strip club owner Michael Galardi to end three-years of supervised release early.
Galardi’s argument: He admitted guilt and offered cooperation even before he and elected officials were charged in 2003 in the scheme to trade campaign contributions for political favors for his Cheetahs club.
He spent a year in prison from July 2007 to 2008 and about six months in a halfway house — which amounted to a year less than his original sentence and about 15 months on supervised release.
His extensive cooperation actually prolonged his ordeal. “Had he been sentenced shortly after pleading guilty, he would have completed his sentence and his supervised release long ago,” his lawyer wrote in court documents.
The government didn’t oppose the request.