Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

FILE - This May 14, 2013 file photo shows the Justice Department in Washington. The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug prisoners. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for an arguably less-sympathetic category of inmates: white-collar criminals. Its unclear what action the commission will take, especially given the public outrage at fraudsters. But the discussion is unfolding as some federal judges have chosen to ignore the existing guidelines and as the Justice Department looks for ways to cut costs from an overpopulated federal prison system. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

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