Appeals court upholds Cameron Douglas sentence - New York News

Appeals court upholds Cameron Douglas sentence

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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court in New York has upheld the judge who nearly doubled the 5-year prison sentence given to the son of actor Michael Douglas.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that Judge Richard Berman gave adequate reasons to justify the "unusually long sentence" for Cameron Douglas.

Berman boosted the sentence in late 2011 after Douglas committed several drug infractions in prison. He had been sentenced the year before to five years in prison in a cooperation deal after pleading guilty to narcotics distribution.

The 34-year-old Douglas is scheduled for release in 2018. The appeals judges said the nation may be better served by a medical approach to treating addiction. But they added that current laws must be enforced until then.

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