Thursday, March 03, 2016

Public Comment Sought for Sentencing Commission Proposed Amendments

The U.S. Sentencing Commission released proposed amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines at the beginning of January.  USSC Press Release.

Here is a link to the amendment related to the 4B1.2 crime of violence definition.  In light of Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), the amendment deletes the residual clause from 4B1.2(a)(2).

The Commission is also recommending amendments to 2L1.2, alien smuggling, child porn distribution with file sharing programs, age and vulnerable victim enhancements, conditions of probation and supervised release, animal fighting, compassionate release, and other miscellaneous amendments.

The closing date for public comment is March 21, 2016.

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