Public Meeting - March 11, 1996

Minutes of the March 11, 1996

United States Sentencing Commission Business Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. by Chairman Richard P. Conaboy in the Training Rooms of the Federal Judicial Center. The following Commissioners and staff participated:

  • Richard P. Conaboy, Chairman

  • Michael S. Gelacak, Vice Chairman

  • A. David Mazzone, Vice Chairman

  • Wayne A. Budd, Commissioner

  • Julie E. Carnes, Commissioner

  • Michael Goldsmith, Commissioner

  • Deanell R. Tacha, Commissioner

  • Mary Frances Harkenrider, Ex Officio Commissioner

  • Edward F. Reilly, Jr., Ex Officio Commissioner

  • Phyllis J. Newton, Staff Director

  • Paul K. Martin, Deputy Staff Director

  • John R. Steer, General Counsel


Motion made by Commissioner Tacha to adopt the minutes of the February 14, 1996, meeting, with the addition on page two after "Commissioner Tacha opposes all retroactivity," of the phrase "with a few limited exceptions,"; seconded by Commissioner Mazzone. Passed unanimously.

Proposed Telecommunication Amendments

The amendment implements the directive contained in section four of the Sex Crimes Against Children Prevention Act of 1995, which directs the Commission to increase the base offense level for an offense under section 2423(a) of title 18, United States Code, by at least three levels. The amendment also addresses 18 U.S.C. 2422(b), a new offense created by section 508 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Motion made by Commissioner Tacha to publish for comment in the Federal Register both options one and two; seconded by Commissioner Budd. Passed unanimously.

Staff Director's Report

Staff Director Newton reported that the Annual Report, in the final editing phase now, will show changes in the number of crimes prosecuted and substantial assistance motions granted. She stated that the corporate symposium proceedings book was at the printers and should be back within the next few weeks. She stated that tomorrow at the working session, Win Swenson would be reporting on preliminary findings of the examination of money laundering. She also reported on the intensive study sample, which involves the coding of more complete data on a five percent sample to be used for further assessments.

Motion made by Commissioner Budd to adjourn; seconded by Commissioner Tacha. Passed unanimously. Chairman Conaboy adjourned the meeting at 2:41 p.m.