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04 Sep 2014 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Over-Criminalization Task Force

  In July on this Blog, I suggested that the House Committee on the Judiciary’s bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force may be worth keeping an eye on. With that in mind, here is a bit of an update.   When the Task Force was re-authorized this past February, it was scheduled to conclude its work in early August 2014. Of course, early August has come and gone. So, you may be wondering whether there is anything new to report about the Task Force. It appears that the House Committee has not again re-authorized the Task Force since February, and that the Task Force has held its final hearing. A report by the Task Force may not be too long in coming, and it will be interesting…

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17 Jul 2014 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Over-Criminalization Task Force

Regardless of what one may think about Congressional committees, or even Congress itself, the bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force may be worth keeping an eye on.   The Task Force was initiated in May 2013 and was re-authorized to continue its work in February of this year. When the Task Force was re-authorized, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said “Over the past few decades, the federal criminal code has expanded dramatically, creating an ever-increasing labyrinth of federal statutes and regulations, many of which impose criminal penalties without requiring that criminal intent be shown to establish guilt. We need to make sure our laws and regulations protect freedom, work as efficiently and fairly as possible, and do not duplicate state efforts. This Task…

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