The Bulletin - Summer 2015


The Summer 2015 Edition of the Bulletin covers the November updates to the Sentencing Guidelines which will affect many defendants, but especially those convicted of economic crimes. Other articles discuss limitations on district courts when imposing conditions of supervised release, review the Supreme Court's decision in Johnson v. United States, and consider possible effects of that decision. The Bulletin also discusses possible changes to the "crime of violence" definitions in the Sentencing Guidelines, how the Fourth Circuit’s decision in United States v. Simmons limits when a prior offense is a felony for the purposes of offense-level enhancements under the illegal-reentry Guideline, and recent Supreme Court decisions. Plus, the Ethicsmeister addresses a recurring problem faced by appointed counsel.