Joe Murphy – Compliance & Ethics Professional – May 2015
This is a column about the Sentencing Guidelines seven elements. Your reaction: “Are you kidding? Everyone already knows the seven elements.” My response: “Oh how I wish that were true.” It is now 24 years after the first appearance of the seven, which were revised in 2004. Yet often I see even experienced writers leaving things out. I once read a legal publication with numerous authors; seven of them purported to state the seven elements—six of them omitted at least one required point.
Because of space limits, I cannot print the entire seven here, so I will focus on things that are often omitted, but are indisputably part of the Guidelines standards.
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