Barry Pollack was quoted regarding potential sentencing changes for people convicted of white-collar crimes. As a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's recent easement of penalties for drug dealers, some defense lawyers say the Commission should also soften guidelines for penalties resulting from white-collar crimes. The Commission's last major change to stiffen penalties on economic crimes was over a decade ago. As fraud sentences have increased, some judges have deviated from the guidelines to impose more lenient terms. Pollack, an officer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), said while the Commission could let the guidelines stand, he hopes for some movement. "The real question is will they take the lesser and easier step of simply reducing sentences across the board, or will they use this as an opportunity to revisit the entire philosophy behind the white-collar sentencing guidelines?" he asked. "I think only time will tell."
This article was republished in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Business Week, Newsday, the Miami Herald and the San Francisco Chronicle on August 14, 2014.