Johnson's attorneys seek home confinement

US digs in heels over prison term; family and friends say former trader’s punishment began at his arrest

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Mark Johnson: “He is portrayed as a greedy banker, but, of course, the reality is very different” – Andy Woolmer, NCFX
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Mark Johnson – HSBC’s former global head of foreign exchange cash trading who was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy – should be sentenced to home confinement in the UK, rather than prison, as well as probation and community service, argue his defence attorneys.

Attorneys at Lankler Siffert & Wohl told the Eastern District Court of New York that incarcerating Johnson in a US prison is too harsh.

“Any term of incarceration is greater than necessary to satisfy the sentencing goals, and [we]

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