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Ex-U.S. attorney’s fall unmistakable message

If ever there was an opportunity for a little creative sentencing, the case of Lawrence Semenza surely provided it.

Semenza, the former U.S. attorney here, received a 18-month sentence Wednesday in U.S. District Judge James Mahan’s courtroom for failing to pay $290,000 in taxes from 2006 to 2010. It was among the greatest falls from grace in local political history. There was a time Semenza was consummately connected and highly respected.

Semenza, 72, was the U.S. attorney from 1975 to 1977. In that time, his office prosecuted plenty of tax fraudsters.

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