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Solomon Wisenberg, a Washington defense lawyer who specializes in white-collar cases and who served as deputy independent counsel, the No. 2 attorney in the investigation of White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the Whitewater investigation, said it’s not uncommon for sentencing memos to be sealed under certain circumstances. He said one example is when a defendant has cooperated or is continuing to cooperate in an ongoing federal investigation.

According to defense filings in Snapper’s criminal case, the FEC also is looking into the contributions. FEC attorneys and Snapper’s attorney have negotiated a potential settlement calling for a $65,000 penalty, records show.