Notice from March 15, 2006


March 8, 2006

Pursuant to Rules 3.2 and 3.4 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, the following public hearing and public meeting are scheduled:

(1) Public Hearing - Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 10:00 a.m.

(2) Public Meeting - Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at 4:00 p.m.

The public hearing on March 15, 2006, will be held in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, D.C., in the Federal Judicial Center Training Rooms (Classrooms A, B, & C, Concourse Level). It is expected that the public hearing will conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m.. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding possible changes to the sentencing guidelines.

The public meeting on March 15, 2006, will be held in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, D.C. The purpose of the public meeting is for the Commission to conduct the business detailed in the following agenda:

Report of the Chair
Report of the Staff Director
Approval of Minutes from January meeting
Vote to Promulgate Emergency Amendment on Steroids

Public hearing and meeting materials will be available at the Commission's website ( or from the Commission (202/502-4590).

Public Hearing Agenda
United States Sentencing Commission

March 15, 2006

Public Hearing Transcript (.PDF)

Opening Remarks 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa
Chair, United States Sentencing Commission

Panel One — 10:15 a.m -11:15 a.m.

Hon. Robert McCallum
Associate Attorney General of the United States, U.S. Department of Justice

Richard Hertling
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice

Jodi L. Avergun
Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice


Panel Two — 11:15 a.m. -11:45 a.m.

Judge Paul Cassell
Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Russell P. Butler
Executive Director
Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc.

Margaret Love
Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association


Panel Three — 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Susan Hackett
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)

Kent Wicker
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Reed Wicker PLLC


Lunch — 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

Panel Four — 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Harley G. Lappin
Federal Bureau of Prisons


Panel Five — 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Jon Sands
Federal Public Defender
District of Arizona

John Rhodes
Assistant Federal Public Defender
District of Montana

Kathleen M. Williams
Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Florida


Panel Six — 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Greg Smith
Co-chair, Practitioners Advisory Group
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

David Debold
Practitioners Advisory Group
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Cathy Battistelli
Chair, Probation Officers Advisory Group