Public Hearing - March 12, 2015


Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Washington, DC

Thursday, March 12, 2015

8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Federal Judicial Center, Classrooms A, B, and C, on the concourse level of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to receive testimony from invited witnesses on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

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Panel I
Drugs: Hydrocodone Enforcement Issues & Flavored Drugs
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Joseph T. Rannazzisi
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion
Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Department of Justice

Lex A. Coleman
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Southern District of West Virginia

Panel II
Drugs: Hydrocodone Potency Issues
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Sharon Hertz, M.D.
Acting Director
Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sharon Walsh, Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel III
Economic Crime: Practitioners
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Hon. Benjamin B. Wagner
U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California
U.S. Department of Justice

Michael Caruso
Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Florida

Eric Tirschwell
Practitioners Advisory Group

Catherine M. Foti
Chair, Sentencing Guidelines Committee
New York Council for Defense Lawyers

Panel IV
Economic Crime: Advisory and Advocacy Groups
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

T. Michael Andrews
Victims Advisory Group

Richard Bohlken
Probation Officers Advisory Group

James E. Felman
Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association

Frank O. Bowman, III
Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law
University of Missouri School of Law

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Panel V
Various Proposed Amendments
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Robert Zauzmer
Chief of Appeals, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Department of Justice

David Debold
Practitioners Advisory Group

Richard Bohlken
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Jon M. Sands
Federal Public Defender
District of Arizona

2:30 p.m.