The U.S. Sentencing Commission thinks it got it just about right.
We will simply posit that most -- if not all -- of our readers in Florida and elsewhere are reasonable and reflective people.
Given the sheer size and scope of government health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, coupled with the progressively growing number of people relying upon their services, it is hardly unsurprising that health care fraud is an acute focus of federal and state law enforcement officials.
A case that some critics of mandatory-minimum criminal sentences might think reigns supreme as support for why such sentencing impositions are both unfair and illogical comes from Florida. We touch on that matter because of its central relevance to many defendants facing criminal charges.
If you work in a Florida company in any position of responsibility, you know how complex the interworkings of company policy and operating procedures can be. Many corporate environments -- indeed, most business settings -- are marked by the close interplay of departments and fast-paced changes defined by shifting company needs.
To borrow from a well-known phrase, "the winds of change" are blowing in Washington, D.C., and in a manner entirely unrelated to winter's passing.
Myriad studies and statistics that have been released in recent years reveal quite starkly that the United States is a nation that has a prison-first mentality and concomitant criminal law policy based heavily on long-term punitive sanctions.
We recently referenced a long-time federal government program that allowed for the summary seizure of individuals' personal property in the absence of any guilt showing.
You might have never heard of the now defunct federal Equitable Sharing program, but that's OK: It likely wouldn't have benefited you in the event you became personally involved with it.