Cozen O’Connor: Half-Baked: The Yates Memo Calls for Charging More Offenders, But How Do We Sentence Them?

Half-Baked: The Yates Memo Calls for Charging More Offenders, But How Do We Sentence Them?

Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations PracticeRebecca Brodey, a member of firm's White Collar Defense & Criminal Investigations Practice, and Emily Gurskis authored this article in The Enforcement MAZE, Over-Criminalizing American Enterprise. In this article, the authors argue that if an increase in individual prosecutions results from the release of the Yates Memo, this is likely to exacerbate the current crisis regarding “disproportionate and irrational” sentencing of white collar offenders. To address this problem, the authors advocate for sentencing reform. In particular, they discuss the “Shadow Guidelines” set out by the ABA as a starting point and suggest that less focus in white collar sentencing should be placed on the loss amount. Instead, loss should only be one of several factors considered, shifting the focus to overall offender culpability. 

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Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

bboss@cozen.com

(202) 912-4818

Rebecca Brodey

Member

rbrodey@cozen.com

(202) 912-4892


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