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• Published reports say that the US Attorney’s office in Arkansas has decided to put off the re-sentencing hearing for former Wal-Mart vice chairman Tom Coughlin until after the US Supreme Court rules on a similar case that could affect sentencing guidelines in the Coughlin case.

Coughlin – convicted on felony wire-fraud and tax-evasion charges related to his embezzlement of roughly a half-million dollars worth of cash, gift cards and merchandise from Wal-Mart - originally was sentenced to 27 months of home confinement because of what his lawyers called health issues. But an appeals court said that the sentence was too lenient and unreasonable, and called for a new sentencing hearing. Coughlin wanted that ruling overturned, but failed – and now experts suggest that it seems likely that he will spend at least some time in jail.

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