Boy, That Was Quick: Brian Potashnik to Spend March Outside Federal Prison on Work Release

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Merely two months after Brian Potashnik was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn to 14 months in federal prison for his role in the Dallas City Hall corruption case, he's been approved for a month-long release from behind bars. In a notification sent to victims of Potashnik's crimes, Jeff Butler at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville said Potashnik would be spending his time in Grand Prairie during March.

This notice is to inform you that BRIAN POTASHNIK has been approved for a furlough. During a furlough, an inmate is authorized to be absent from the institution in order to participate in specified programs or activities. Inmates who participate in furloughs must meet strict eligibility requirements. Inmate POTASHNIK has met the eligibility criteria and will be on furlough from this facility from March 01, 2011, to March 31, 2011. While on furlough, the inmate will be in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Obiamaka Madubuko, one of Potashnik's attorneys, did not return an e-mail, and Butler told us we'd need Potashnik's permission for him to elaborate on the details of his release. However, Lori Greco, Lynn's courtroom deputy, provided a brief statement explaining the nature of Potashnik's release.

Brian Potashnik has been granted a "work detail" by the Warden at Seagoville to work out in the community for the month of March along with other inmates who are granted the same privilege. ... Judge Lynn will make no comment about this.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons without explanation denied a request by former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling for a temporary release to attend his son's funeral.


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8 comments
Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Just goes to prove money talks. Brian is as guilty as the rest.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Some times it has to do with the amount of time one is given,nature of crime and victim impact.Work release is available to all if they meet criteria,so don't hate on Brian,because he has attorney working for him.Brian, in my opinion came to Dallas for building good low income housing, and was hijacked and bullied into paying shakedown.

William
William

Who's he blowing? The warden. Judge Lynn? Both of them?

Doodlesranch
Doodlesranch

What's Brian even doing there in the first place! He was caught up in other's ugly web of greed. The trap was set and he fill in...........!

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

Doodles, where exactly are you from? This mitteleuropean trashnik and his "wife" were scamming other communities loooong before they hit us up. That said, I can't see anything wrong with him being put on work detail; NO comparison to EnronMan who ruined families, retirements and frankly killed his own son anyway.

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Nobody made him. He did it because of money.

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