Planned Sentencing Changes Reward Better Compliance

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT) -- In recent months, the eyes of practitioners in corporate America have focused on a section of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (“Guidelines”). This section alters important existing standards by which organizational defendants are sentenced in federal court.

The proposed amendments call for three key changes to the status quo that are of great potential benefit to those who take steps to implement internal compliance programs consistent with the guidelines’ new expectations.

Specifically, these changes (1) expand the circumstances under which...
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