FPD Blog

Posted by Shelly Twining on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 08:53

The ABA has begun an interactive project to measure the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. (For more information, click here.)This tool, along with the tool from the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (click here to view the tool), can provide useful information to individuals who are facing conviction or who have been convicted of criminal offenses.  In the long run for many persons facing charges in the criminal justice system, the...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 08:58

The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States restores and also increases the hourly CJA panel rates to $126  for non-capital cases and $180 for capital cases.  The new rates will take effect on March 1, 2014.  For further information, please see Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys

Posted by Shelly Twining on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 09:26

As an update to the January 10, 2014, blog regarding the Sentencing Commission's proposal to lower the drug quantity table, a hearing has has been scheduled for March 13, 2014.  They will vote in early April and submit it to Congress in May.  If passed, the effective date would be November 1, 2014.  (For details on this proposal, please see our 1/10/14 blog entitled "Sentencing Commission Proposes to Lower Drug Quantity Table by Two Levels." )

Posted by Shelly Twining on Friday, January 10, 2014 - 14:15

Effective December 9, 2013, Local Criminal Rule 32.2 has been modified to include safeguards for non-disclosure in presentence reports of USSG 5K1.1 cooperation.  Rule 32.2 effective Dec. 9, 2013