U.S.A. v. Thompson-Rapley, Crim. No. 18-30 (U.S.D.C.). An attorney who foolishly kept client funds was facing significant prison time. The case was clear cut, with no viable defense. Nonetheless, Ms. Lefeber presented a highly persuasive argument to the Court at sentencing, demonstrating all of the reasons (domestic abuse, parental illness, financial hardship) which caused her client to commit the crime. Ms. Lefeber successfully argued that her client’s actions were an “aberration” in an otherwise exemplary life. Her client received a sentence of only 6 months incarceration.