an interview by Adam Turteltaub
Meet Kathleen Cooper Grilli
This interview with Kathleen Grilli was conducted in July by
Adam Turteltaub (adam.turteltaub@corporatecompliance.
org), HCCA/SCCE Vice President of Strategic Initiatives &
AT: First, let me say thanks for taking the
time to do this interview. You’ve been at the
United States Sentencing Commission for
about 14 years now. Your tenure has seen a lot
of changes. How have the Federal Sentencing
Guidelines as a whole evolved over that time?
KG: Adam, I am thrilled to have this
opportunity to speak with you about the
Commission’s work. It is always my pleasure
to work with the compliance community.
Things have changed quite a bit with the
Guidelines since I started at the Commission.
Some of those changes were the product of
the Commission’s annual amendment cycle
and were thus of no surprise to anyone.
With notable exceptions, every year there
are changes to the Guidelines. There have
been over 130 amendments to the Guidelines
during my tenure at the Commission. Among
those were the 2004 and 2010 amendments
to the Chapter Eight organizational guidelines, the 2015 inflationary adjustments that
increased organizational fines, reductions in
drug penalties, and significant changes to the
immigration and fraud guidelines.
But the most significant change to the
Guidelines came from a different source
entirely — the United States Supreme Court.
It started in the summer of 2004 when the
Supreme Court decided Blakely v. Washington,
which struck down the Washington State
Kathleen Cooper Grilli
United States Sentencing Commission