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November 2013 , Page 50 

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A Report on Behalf of the American Bar Association Task Force on the Reform Of Federal Sentencing For Economic Crimes

By James E. Felman

In April 2013, the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association assembled a task force to study and evaluate the reforms needed in the sentencing of federal economic crimes. The mission of the task force was not only to identify the areas of weakness in the existing Federal Sentencing Guidelines, but also to draft and propose a better guideline to remedy those weaknesses.

After a number of meetings and telephone conferences, the group arrived at a consensus proposal subject to a number of important caveats. First, the current proposal is a work in progress. We feel more confident about the structure of the proposal than we do about the specific numbers we have assigned. We assigned numbers in the draft because we think it is helpful in understanding the structure, but the numbers have been placed in brackets to indicate their tentative nature. Indeed, in some instances we have bracketed a range of numbers, although we recognize that a final guideline likely could

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