Minutes from June 12, 2007

Minutes of the June 12, 2007
United States Sentencing Commission
Public Meeting Minutes

Chair Ricardo H. Hinojosa called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Hotel (Arapaho Room), 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906.

The following Commissioners were present:

· Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa, Chair
· Judge Ruben Castillo, Vice Chair
· John R. Steer, Vice Chair
· Dabney L. Friedrich, Commissioner
· Michael E. Horowitz, Commissioner
· Beryl Howell, Commissioner
· Benton J. Campbell, Commissioner Ex Officio

The following Commissioners were not present:

· Judge William K. Sessions, III, Vice Chair
· Edward F. Reilly, Jr., Commissioner Ex Officio

The following staff participated in the meeting:

· Judith Sheon, Staff Director
· Kenneth Cohen, General Counsel

The Chair called for a motion to adopt the minutes of the April 18 and April 27, 2007, public meetings. Vice Chair Castillo made the motion to adopt the minutes, with Commissioner Horowitz seconding the motion. Hearing no discussion, the Chair called for a vote and the motion was adopted.

Chair Hinojosa called on Mr. Cohen to advise the Commission on a possible vote regarding the Commission’s new Victims Advisory Group.

Mr. Cohen informed the Commission on a possible vote to publish notice of the Victims Advisory Group in the Federal Register and to publish a proposed amendment to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure to include the Victims Advisory Group in the list of advisory groups at Rule 5.4.

Mr. Cohen advised the Commissioners that a motion to publish the proposed notice and the proposed amendment to Rule 5.4 would be in order. The Chair called for a motion as suggested by Mr. Cohen. Commissioner Howell made a motion to that effect with Commissioner Friedrich seconding. Hearing no discussion, the Chair called for a vote on the motion. The motion was adopted.

Chair Hinojosa thanked Commissioner Howell and staff for their efforts regarding the Victims Advisory Group.

The Chair asked if there was any further business before the Commission and hearing none, called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Vice Chair Steer made a motion to adjourn, with Commissioner Horowitz seconding the motion. The Chair called for a vote, and the motion was adopted. The meeting was adjourned at 11:38 a.m.