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IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE SENTENCING COMMISSION

Sentencing Commission Publishes Proposed Guideline Amendments: On January 9, 2015 the Sentencing Commission voted to publish proposed amendments to the guidelines and issues for comment.  The Commission held a hearing on March 12, 2015 and will vote on the final amendments in April.  Defenders submitted testimony at the hearing and later submitted additional comments, all of which are incorporated in the Defender Public Comment of 3/18/15 Regarding Proposed Amendments for 2015.  

Proposed amendments and issues for comment include:

  • single sentence rule for career offenders (in cases where one offense is a qualifying offense and one is not)
  • mitigating role under 3B1.2
  • inflationary adjustment to loss tables
  • sophisticated means under 2B1.1
  • victim table in 2B1.1
  • iintended loss under 2B.1
  • fraud on the market
  • jointly undertaken activity under 1B1.3
  • hydrocodone under 2D1.1
  • flavored drugs

    Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission: The Federal Defender community frequently submits written comments to the USSC on a variety of matters, including proposed amendments to the guidelines. These submissions, which may provide ideas for challenging guideline sentences, can be accessed on our Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission page.