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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 will hold a hearing in March and will vote on the final amendments in April.

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.