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September 3, 2010

US Sentencing Commission releases proposed amendments to implement FSA and final priorities

Though I will certainly need the long weekend to consume and assess and comment on all of the new materials that emerged this week from the US Sentencing Commission, I wanted to spotlight these important new USSC documents ASAP.  So, here are the titles and descriptions of all the new goodies just put out by the US Sentencing Commission (with links to the documents referenced):

Proposed Amendment and Issues for Comment: Fair Sentencing Act of 2010: The Commission is seeking comment on its emergency, temporary proposed amendment and issues for comment implementing the statutory changes regarding crack cocaine offenses and directives regarding drug trafficking offenses generally set forth in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111โ€“220). The Act was signed into law on August 3, 2010, and requires the Commission to promulgate its emergency, temporary amendment (pursuant to section 21(a) of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1987 (28 U.S.C. ยง 994 note)) within 90 days, i.e., not later than November 1, 2010. Public comment is due [30 days after publication in the Federal Register].

"Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Emergency Temporary Amendment and Issues for Comment: Fair Sentencing Act of 2010: This compilation contains unofficial text of the proposed emergency temporary amendment and issues for comment implementing the statutory changes regarding crack cocaine offenses and directives regarding drug trafficking offenses generally set forth in the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111-220). Official text will appear in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register.

Notice of Final Priorities: In July 2010, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2011. (See 75 Fed. Reg. 41927) After reviewing the public comment received pursuant to the notice of proposed priorities, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle and hereby gives notice of these priorities.

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I have been trying to follow the upcoming meetings and possible changes to the Child Pornography sentencing guidelines and since I don't understand all of the legal terms, cases etc.. I was wondering if there was a website or if you could tell me just what might be in the works for any possible changes and when they might take effect. Are they looking at making some of those changes retroactive? Any help you can offer would be great. Thank-You.

Posted by: Brandi | Sep 3, 2010 1:08:38 PM

It should probably have been called the Slightly Less Unfair Sentencing Act. That's some bunch of worthless weasels we've chosen to represent us.

Posted by: John K | Sep 4, 2010 10:27:07 AM

John K --

"That's some bunch of worthless weasels we've chosen to represent us."

Don't worry. In two months, you and the rest of us will have the chance to cashier the lot of them.

Until then, make your arguments to your fellow citizens as loudly and urgently as you wish. Go for it!

After then, you (and I) will be required to live by the election results and quit complaining. If the electorate goes your way, hats off to you. Sight unseen, I will obey the laws Congress enacts and not whine about it.

Will you do the same? Or does the rule of law count only when we get the lawmakers of whom you approve?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 7, 2010 7:31:30 PM

Good post, I like it very much! I would like to leave a comment, because it gives more bloggers who participate and the opportunity to perhaps learn from each other.

Posted by: pandora charms | Nov 4, 2010 10:18:12 PM

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Posted by: pandora perlen | Nov 4, 2010 11:07:13 PM

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Posted by: pandora perlen | Nov 4, 2010 11:07:28 PM

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