Example of backdating

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Analyzing a sample of firms accused of backdating ESO grant dates and a control sample of non-backdating firms, we find evidence suggesting that managerial power influences the decision to backdate.The sentence, handed down by Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway, was the harshest possible under state sentencing guidelines."The offenses for which I have imposed judgment erode the trust and integrity that is so important to our system of justice," Ridgeway said."It is now the task of each of us to redouble our efforts to repair that damage, to recommit ourselves to the administration of true justice and to fully restore the confidence and trust of the citizens of our court.”A long-time Raleigh attorney whose practice handled more than 2,000 cases each year, Crouch was also disbarred as part of his plea deal with prosecutors."I stand before you, judge, a man who's been disgraced, humiliated and had stripped away from my soul any dignity that I've earned in my life," Crouch told Ridgeway before sentencing.— A Wake County judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Raleigh defense attorney to 12 to 34 months in prison on charges that he altered court records relating to dozens of DWI convictions in an effort to lessen driving penalties for his clients.James Crouch pleaded guilty last month to charges that he backdated convictions in an effort to shorten or eliminate license suspensions in approximately 50 driving while impaired cases from May 2008 to April 2012.Doing so, he added, was no different than what other attorneys do, but there were distinct differences in how he went about it. He went to a judge who did not preside over the case, and he did not notify opposing counsel," Bannon said.

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