Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts, 31070-31071 [2012-12600]

Download as PDF 31070 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2012 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, 202–502–4502. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch of the United States Government. The Commission promulgates sentencing guidelines and policy statements for federal sentencing courts pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(a). The Commission also periodically reviews and revises previously promulgated guidelines pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(o) and submits guideline amendments to the Congress not later than the first day of May each year pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 994(p). The Commission provides this notice to identify tentative priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2013. The Commission recognizes, however, that other factors, such as the enactment of any legislation requiring Commission action, may affect the Commission’s ability to complete work on any or all of its identified priorities by the statutory deadline of May 1, 2013. Accordingly, it may be necessary to continue work on any or all of these issues beyond the amendment cycle ending on May 1, 2013. As so prefaced, the Commission has identified the following tentative priorities: (1) Continuation of its work with Congress and other interested parties on statutory mandatory minimum penalties to implement the recommendations set forth in the Commission’s 2011 report to Congress, titled Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System, and to develop appropriate guideline amendments in response to any related legislation. (2) Continuation of its work with the congressional, executive, and judicial branches of government, and other interested parties, to study the manner in which United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and subsequent Supreme Court decisions have affected federal sentencing practices, the appellate review of those practices, and the role of the federal sentencing guidelines. The Commission anticipates that it will issue a report with respect to its findings, possibly including (A) an evaluation of the impact of those decisions on the federal sentencing guideline system; (B) recommendations for legislation regarding federal sentencing policy; (C) an evaluation of the appellate standard of review applicable to post-Booker federal sentencing decisions; and (D) possible consideration of amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. The VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:31 May 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 Commission also intends to work with the judicial branch and other interested parties to develop enhanced methods for collecting and disseminating information and data about the use of variances and the specific reasons for imposition of such sentences under 18 U.S.C. 3553(a). (3) Continuation of its review of child pornography offenses and report to Congress as a result of such review. It is anticipated that any such report would include (A) a review of the incidence of, and reasons for, departures and variances from the guideline sentence; (B) a compilation of studies on, and analysis of, recidivism by child pornography offenders; and (C) possible recommendations to Congress on any statutory and/or guideline changes that may be appropriate. (4) Continuation of its work on economic crimes, including (A) a comprehensive, multi-year study of ’2B1.1 (Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud) and related guidelines, including examination of the loss table and the definition of loss, and (B) consideration of any amendments to such guidelines that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study. (5) Continuation of its multi-year study of the statutory and guideline definitions of ‘‘crime of violence’’, possibly including recommendations to Congress on any statutory changes that may be appropriate and development of guideline amendments that may be appropriate in response to any related legislation. (6) Undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year study of recidivism, including (A) examination of circumstances that correlate with increased or reduced recidivism; (B) possible development of recommendations for using information obtained from such study to reduce costs of incarceration and overcapacity of prisons; and (C) consideration of any amendments to the Guidelines Manual that may be appropriate in light of the information obtained from such study. (7) Resolution of circuit conflicts, pursuant to the Commission’s continuing authority and responsibility, under 28 U.S.C. 991(b)(1)(B) and Braxton v. United States, 500 U.S. 344 (1991), to resolve conflicting interpretations of the guidelines by the federal courts. (8) Implementation of any crime legislation enacted during the 111th or 112th Congress warranting a Commission response. (9) Consideration of (A) whether any amendments to the Guidelines Manual may be appropriate in light of Setser v. United States, U.S. (March 28, 2012); PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and (B) any miscellaneous guideline application issues coming to the Commission’s attention from case law and other sources. The Commission hereby gives notice that it is seeking comment on these tentative priorities and on any other issues that interested persons believe the Commission should address during the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2013. To the extent practicable, public comment should include the following: (1) A statement of the issue, including, where appropriate, the scope and manner of study, particular problem areas and possible solutions, and any other matters relevant to a proposed priority; (2) citations to applicable sentencing guidelines, statutes, case law, and constitutional provisions; and (3) a direct and concise statement of why the Commission should make the issue a priority. Authority: 28 U.S.C. 994(a), (o); USSC Rules of Practice and Procedure 5.2. Patti B. Saris, Chair. [FR Doc. 2012–12599 Filed 5–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 2210–40–P UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts United States Sentencing Commission. ACTION: Notice of period during which individuals may apply to be appointed to certain voting memberships of the Practitioners Advisory Group; request for applications. AGENCY: Because the terms of certain voting members of the Practitioners Advisory Group are expiring as of October 2012, the United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to succeed such a voting member to apply. The voting memberships covered by this notice are four circuit memberships (for the First Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit) and one at-large membership. Applications should be received by the Commission not later than July 23, 2012. Applications may be sent to the address listed below. DATES: Applications for voting membership of the Practitioners Advisory Group should be received not later than July 23, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send applications to: United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle NE., Suite 2–500, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2012 / Notices Authority: 28 U.S.C. 994(a), (o), (p), 995; USSC Rules of Practice and Procedure 5.2, 5.4. South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002– 8002, Attention: Public Affairs. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patti B. Saris, Chair. Jeanne Doherty, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, 202–502–4502. The Practitioners Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission is a standing advisory group of the United States Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 995 and Rule 5.4 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Under the charter for the advisory group, the purpose of the advisory group is (1) To assist the Commission in carrying out its statutory responsibilities under 28 U.S.C. 994(o); (2) to provide to the Commission its views on the Commission’s activities and work, including proposed priorities and amendments; (3) to disseminate to defense attorneys, and to other professionals in the defense community, information regarding federal sentencing issues; and (4) to perform other related functions as the Commission requests. The advisory group consists of not more than 17 voting members, each of whom may serve not more than two consecutive three-year terms. Of those 17 voting members, one shall be Chair, one shall be Vice Chair, 12 shall be circuit members (one for each federal judicial circuit other than the Federal Circuit), and three shall be at-large members. To be eligible to serve as a voting member, an individual must be an attorney who (1) Devotes a substantial portion of his or her professional work to advocating the interests of privatelyrepresented individuals, or of individuals represented by private practitioners through appointment under the Criminal Justice Act of 1964, within the federal criminal justice system; (2) has significant experience with federal sentencing or postconviction issues related to criminal sentences; and (3) is in good standing of the highest court of the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which he or she is admitted to practice. Additionally, to be eligible to serve as a circuit member, the individual’s primary place of business or a substantial portion of his or her practice must be in the circuit concerned. Each voting member is appointed by the Commission. The Commission invites any individual who is eligible to be appointed to a voting membership covered by this notice to apply. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:31 May 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 [FR Doc. 2012–12600 Filed 5–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 2210–40–P UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts United States Sentencing Commission. ACTION: Notice of period during which individuals may apply to be appointed to voting memberships of the Victims Advisory Group; request for applications. AGENCY: In view of existing vacancies in the membership of the Victims Advisory Group, as well as anticipated vacancies in the membership of the advisory group because the terms of certain members are expiring as of December 2012, the Commission hereby invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the advisory group. Applications should be received by the Commission not later than July 23, 2012. Applications may be sent to the address listed below. DATES: Applications for membership of the Victims Advisory Group should be received not later than July 23, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send applications to: United States Sentencing Commission, One Columbus Circle NE., Suite 2–500, South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002– 8002, Attention: Public Affairs. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, 202–502–4502. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission is a standing advisory group of the United States Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 995 and Rule 5.4 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. Under the charter for the advisory group, the purpose of the advisory group is (1) to assist the Commission in carrying out its statutory responsibilities under 28 U.S.C. 994(o); (2) to provide to the Commission its views on the Commission’s activities and work, including proposed priorities and amendments, as they relate to victims of crime; (3) to disseminate information regarding sentencing issues SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31071 to organizations represented by the Victims Advisory Group and to other victims of crime and victims advocacy groups, as appropriate; and (4) to perform any other functions related to victims of crime as the Commission requests. Under the charter, the advisory group consists of not more than nine members, each of whom may serve not more than two consecutive three-year terms. Each member is appointed by the Commission. The Commission invites any individual who has knowledge, expertise, and/or experience in the area of federal crime victimization to apply to be appointed to the membership of the Victims Advisory Group. Authority: 28 U.S.C. 994(a), (o), (p), § 995; USSC Rules of Practice and Procedure 5.2, 5.4. Patti B. Saris, Chair. [FR Doc. 2012–12688 Filed 5–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 2210–40–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Notice of Meeting The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92– 463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses will meet on June 18–19, 2012, in room 109 at the Boston University Medical Campus, 80 East Concord Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting will start at 8 a.m. each day and will adjourn at 5:30 p.m. on June 18, and at 1:30 p.m. on June 19. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and make recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on proposed research studies, research plans and research strategies relating to the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Gulf War. The Committee will review VA program activities related to Gulf War Veterans’ illnesses and updates on relevant scientific research published since the last Committee meeting. The session on June 18 will be devoted to discussions of imaging techniques currently in use to treat Gulf War Veterans, exposures to organophosphates, and updates on VA Gulf War research initiatives. The research presentations on June 19 will E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 101 (Thursday, May 24, 2012)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-12600]


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UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION


Sentencing Guidelines for United States Courts

AGENCY: United States Sentencing Commission.

ACTION: Notice of period during which individuals may apply to be 
appointed to certain voting memberships of the Practitioners Advisory 
Group; request for applications.

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SUMMARY: Because the terms of certain voting members of the 
Practitioners Advisory Group are expiring as of October 2012, the 
United States Sentencing Commission hereby invites any individual who 
is eligible to be appointed to succeed such a voting member to apply. 
The voting memberships covered by this notice are four circuit 
memberships (for the First Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, and 
Eleventh Circuit) and one at-large membership. Applications should be 
received by the Commission not later than July 23, 2012. Applications 
may be sent to the address listed below.

DATES: Applications for voting membership of the Practitioners Advisory 
Group should be received not later than July 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send applications to: United States Sentencing Commission, 
One Columbus Circle NE., Suite 2-500,

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South Lobby, Washington, DC 20002-8002, Attention: Public Affairs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanne Doherty, Office of Legislative 
and Public Affairs, 202-502-4502.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Practitioners Advisory Group of the 
United States Sentencing Commission is a standing advisory group of the 
United States Sentencing Commission pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 995 and Rule 
5.4 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. Under the 
charter for the advisory group, the purpose of the advisory group is 
(1) To assist the Commission in carrying out its statutory 
responsibilities under 28 U.S.C. 994(o); (2) to provide to the 
Commission its views on the Commission's activities and work, including 
proposed priorities and amendments; (3) to disseminate to defense 
attorneys, and to other professionals in the defense community, 
information regarding federal sentencing issues; and (4) to perform 
other related functions as the Commission requests. The advisory group 
consists of not more than 17 voting members, each of whom may serve not 
more than two consecutive three-year terms. Of those 17 voting members, 
one shall be Chair, one shall be Vice Chair, 12 shall be circuit 
members (one for each federal judicial circuit other than the Federal 
Circuit), and three shall be at-large members.
    To be eligible to serve as a voting member, an individual must be 
an attorney who (1) Devotes a substantial portion of his or her 
professional work to advocating the interests of privately-represented 
individuals, or of individuals represented by private practitioners 
through appointment under the Criminal Justice Act of 1964, within the 
federal criminal justice system; (2) has significant experience with 
federal sentencing or post-conviction issues related to criminal 
sentences; and (3) is in good standing of the highest court of the 
jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which he or she is admitted to 
practice. Additionally, to be eligible to serve as a circuit member, 
the individual's primary place of business or a substantial portion of 
his or her practice must be in the circuit concerned. Each voting 
member is appointed by the Commission.
    The Commission invites any individual who is eligible to be 
appointed to a voting membership covered by this notice to apply.

    Authority:  28 U.S.C. 994(a), (o), (p), 995; USSC Rules of 
Practice and Procedure 5.2, 5.4.

Patti B. Saris,
Chair.
[FR Doc. 2012-12600 Filed 5-23-12; 8:45 am]
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