Thursday, May 01, 2008

New Guidelines Effective March 1, 2008

Not only is today Law Day, but it's also the date on which some emergency Sentencing Guidelines amendments take effect. They include:
  • a temporary emergency amendment to guideline §2B1.1 to increase penalties for disaster and emergency relief fraud
  • correction of the "bad math" problem that cropped up when the Commission revised the crack guidelines
  • revision of policy statement §1B1.10 to "clarify[] when, and to what extent, a sentencing reduction is considered consistent with the policy statement and therefore authorized under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2)," and designating the "bad math" corrective amendment as one that may be applied retroactively
Take a gander at official version of these amendments or a reader-friendly redline.



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