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January 26, 2016

WSJ Editorial Supports Meaningful Mens Rea Reforms

The Wall Street Journal editorial board criticized what they see as efforts to “derail” mens rea reforms passed by the House Judiciary Committee and supported by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch.

The reforms “would create a default standard for criminal intent in instances when no standard exists.”

“As laws proliferate, the chances also increase that innocent citizens do something they have no idea is illegal,” writes the Journal, noting that Congress created 439 new criminal offenses between 2008 and 2013. “This violates the Western legal tradition that a party must have wanted to break the law to be found guilty.”

Read the full editorial here.

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