(July 2015) This document contains annotations to certain Fifth Circuit judicial opinions that involve issues related to the federal sentencing guidelines. The document was developed to help judges, lawyers and probation officers locate some relevant authorities involving the federal sentencing guidelines. The document is not comprehensive and does not include all authorities needed to apply the guidelines correctly. Instead, it presents authorities that represent Fifth Circuit jurisprudence on selected guidelines and guideline issues. The document is not a substitute for reading and interpreting the actual Guidelines Manual or researching specific sentencing issues; rather the document serves as a supplement to reading and interpreting the Guidelines Manual and researching specific sentencing issues.
- The Commission promulgates guidelines that judges consult when sentencing federal offenders. When the guidelines are amended, a subsequent Guidelines Manual is published.
- In this section, you will find the Commission’s comprehensive archive of yearly amendments and Guidelines Manuals dating back to 1987.