Connecticut Attorney Michael Sherman has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for failing to pay income taxes. According to court records, Bridgeport federal prosecutors stated he repaid $400,000 but still owes about $1.2 million in taxes, penalties and interest from 2001-2009. Reports indicate that Sherman admitted that he could have paid the taxes but opted to paying for things like an exclusive country club membership instead. His law partner, Joseph Richichi was sentenced to 16 months in 2007 for also failing to pay taxes. Shermas is represented by noted Connecticut attorney William Dow III. Sherman starts his sentence March 16th.
If the name sounds familiar, you may recall Sherman from his representation of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the Martha Moxley murder trial. Skakel is currently serving a 20 year to life sentence. Michael Skakel's current counsel, Hartford Attorney Hope Seeley, maintains that Sherman's financial difficulties lead to a failure of properly investigating the case.