Judge J. Curtis Joyner faced a wrenching conflict Tuesday in sentencing convicted pill-mill doctor Richard Minicozzi in federal court in Philadelphia.
Joyner saw and heard from a defiant 79-year-old man who made millions in cash by selling prescription medicine inappropriately and illegally.
But Joyner also saw and heard from Minicozzi's three adult daughters. All have advanced academic degrees.
After delivering a lecture on the "epidemic" of misuse of prescription pain medication and warning that doctors cannot "be dispensing them willy nilly without repercussions," Joyner went below the sentencing guidelines by giving Minicozzi seven years in prison, three years on probation, a $40,000 fine, and possible forfeiture of property. The guidelines called for a minimum of 12 1/2 years.