In a bid to win the sympathy of the court, Bergrin addressed the courtroom before his sentencing Monday and was reportedly anything but humble. He spoke in a tone that was unwavering and cocky. Bergrin addressed the injustices he had been charged with and pointed the finger of blame at former colleagues and crooked witnesses, whom he said were dishonest in their testimonies about him.
According to his supporters, Bergrin was the caliber of attorney who would go the extra mile for his client. Bergrin’s cheering section also believe he had been unfairly portrayed in the media and that he was a philanthropist who gave back to the blighted city of Newark, where his robust practice was based.
Lawrence Lustberg, an attorney who acted as an advisor to Bergrin during both trials, told the Daily Mail that Bergrin planned on appealing both the jury verdict and the sentence. Lustberg said after Bergrin’s sentencing, “The offense was sentenced. The offender was not.”
During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Cavanaugh lamented that handing down anything less than life imprisonment to Bergrin would “undermine the entire criminal justice system of which the defendant was a part, and which he manipulated and abused.”