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Sentencing Trends For Economic Crime, Robert Sanger Feb 2015

Sentencing Trends For Economic Crime, Robert Sanger

Robert M. Sanger

Economic crime is something that intersects with the work of many practitioners, whether corporate counsel, business lawyers, civil litigators, estate planners, or family lawyers. As many know, the United States Sentencing Guidelines (“Guidelines”) have treated economic crimes with stiff guideline sentences. When the amount of intended loss rises, the sentences accelerate to the level of being extremely harsh. The United States Sentencing Commission has just published the results of their study of sentencing for economic crimes as applied in practice.The Guidelines have been declared to be advisory by the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Booker, 543 ...


The Eighth Amendment As A Warrant Against Undeserved Punishment, Scott Howe Dec 2012

The Eighth Amendment As A Warrant Against Undeserved Punishment, Scott Howe

Scott W. Howe

Should the Eighth Amendment prohibit all undeserved criminal convictions and punishments? There are grounds to argue that it must. Correlation between the level of deserts of the accused and the severity of the sanction represents the very idea of justice to most of us. We want to believe that those branded as criminals deserve blame for their conduct and that they deserve all of the punishments that they receive. The deserts limitation is also key to explaining the decisions in which the Supreme Court has rejected convictions or punishments as disproportional, including several major rulings in the new millennium. Yet ...