Notice: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) States That Citation of Unpublished Dispositions is Disfavored Except for Establishing Res Judicata, Estoppel, or the Law of the Case and Requires Service of Copies of Cited Unpublished Dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.michael L. Toney, Petitioner, v. United States Sentencing Commission, Respondent, 67 F.3d 297 (4th Cir. 1995)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 67 F.3d 297 (4th Cir. 1995) Sept. 11, 1995

Michael L. Toney, petitioner pro se.

Robert David Kamenshine, Leonard Schaitman, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC, for respondent.

Before WIDENER, HALL, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


Petitioner filed in this court a petition for review of the February 1995 Special Report to Congress prepared by the United States Sentencing Commission (the "Commission"). The Report recommends, in part, that the Commission reconsider the present 100 to 1 cocaine base to cocaine powder ratio contained in the guidelines. United States Sentencing Commission, Guidelines Manual, Sec. 2D1.1 (Nov.1994). This court is without jurisdiction to review the rulemaking process of the Commission. Washington Legal Found. v. United States Sentencing Comm'n, 17 F.3d 1446, 1450 (D.C. Cir. 1994); Andrade v. United States Sentencing Comm'n, 989 F.2d 308, 309 (9th Cir. 1993). Accordingly, we deny Petitioner's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and dismiss the petition. We also deny as moot the Respondent's motion to hold the briefing schedule in abeyance. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.