Sentencing Changes Sought for Business Crimes

Defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for eased penalties for white-collar criminals from the federal panel that sets sentencing policy, the Memphis Daily News reports from the Associated Press. Defense lawyers are calling for a sentencing structure that considers the broad continuum of economic crime and that better differentiates between, for example, thieves who steal a dollar each from a million people versus $1 million from one person. The commission, which meets today to vote on priorities for the coming year, already has expressed interest in examining punishments for white-collar crime. The Justice Department, though not advocating wholesale changes, has said it welcomes a review.