Law Reviews and Publications on Sentencing

The Sentencing Guidelines regularly create unjust results in white collar cases. Loss calculations, which are not tethered to reality or related to actual culpability, produce sentences that are astoundingly high and do not serve the goals of sentencing. The risk of being sentenced under these draconian guidelines effectively precludes defendants from exercising their Sixth Amendment right to a trial. This page contains law reviews and publications on white collar sentencing and possible reform.

Robert J. Anello and Miriam L. Glaser, White Collar Crime, 85 Fordham L. Rev. 39 (October 2016) 

Frank E. Rudewicz, Ricardo Zayas, and Nitasha J. Giardina, Calculation of Loss and Required Sentences in White-Collar Crimes: Are You Considering All Factors?, Business Law Today (June 2016) 

Jillian Hewitt, Fifty Shades of Gray: Sentencing Trends in Major White-Collar Cases, 125 Yale L.J. 1018 (February 2016) 

Bruce Moyer, Criminal Sentencing Proposals Emerge in Congress, 62 DEC Fed. Law. 6 (December 2015)

Alan Ellis, Advice from the Bench for the White-Collar Client Facing Sentencing, 30 Fall Crim. Just. 58 (Fall 2015) 

Christopher Slobogin, Plea Bargaining and the Substantive and Procedural Goals of Criminal Justice: From Retribution and Adversarialism to Preventive Justice and Hybrid-Inquisitorialism (March 2015)

US Sentencing Commission proposes (modest but significant) changes to the fraud guidelines,” Sentencing Law and Policy, January 9, 2015. [USSC proposed amendments]

"Nonsensical Sentences for White Collar Criminals," Newsweek, June 26, 2014

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Lucian E. Dervan, The Quest for Finality: Five Stories of White Collar Criminal Prosecution, 4 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol'y 91 (2014)

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options, Congressional Research Service, April 15, 2014

Lucian E. Dervan, White Collar Over-Criminalization: Deterrence, Plea Bargaining, and the Loss of Innocence, 101 Ky. L.J. 723 (2013)

Amy Baron Evans and Kate Stith, Booker Rules, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1631 (2012)

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"Out-of-control fraud guidelines," The National Law Journal, July 25, 2011

Ellen C. Brotman, Make Probation a Real Option at Sentencing, Federal Sentencing Reporter (April 2011)

Judge William K. Sessions III, At the Crossroads of the Three Branches: The U.S. Sentencing Commission's Attempts to Achieve Sentencing Reform in the Midst of Inter-Branch Power Struggles (2011)

Alan Ellis, John R. Steer, and Mark H. Allenbaugh, At a "LOSS" for Justice - Federal Sentencing For Economic Offenses, Criminal Justice Magazine, vol. 25, no. 4 (Winter 2011)

Derick R. Vollrath, Losing The Loss Calculation: Toward A More Just Sentencing Regime In White-Collar Criminal Cases, 59 Duke L.J. 1001 (2010)

Paul N. Monnin & R. Joseph Burby, Off the Chart: The U.S.Sentencing Guidelines Become Increasingly Irrelevant in the Wake of the Market Meltdown, 4 White Collar Crime Rep. (BNA) No. 298 (April 24, 2009)

Ellen C. Brotman and Bryan M. Shay, “A Frontal Assault” on the White-Collar Sentencing Guidelines" (March 2009)

Robert G. Morvillo and Robert J. Anello, Calculating Loss under the Guidelines, New York Law Journal (Oct. 8, 2008)

Evan A. Jenness, Gaining the Upper Hand in Arguing Loss in Securities Fraud Cases, The Champion Magazine, September 2008

John H. Chun and Gregory M. Gilchrist, Challenges for White Collar Sentencing in the Post-Booker Era, The Champion Magazine, May/June 2008

Ellen S. Podgor, The Challenge of White Collar Sentencing, 97 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 3 (2007)

Frank O. Bowman, III, Drifting Down the Dnieper with Prince Potemkin: Some Skeptical Reflections About the Place of Compliance Programs in Federal Criminal Sentencing, 39 Wake Forest L. Rev. 671 (2004)