Testimony to Senate Judiciary on the Adequacy of Federal Criminal Intent Standards (January 2016)

We are writing to thank you for holding a hearing exploring the adequacy of criminal intent standards in federal prosecutions. NACDL is uniquely positioned not only to understand the necessity of an adequately protective mens rea requirement, but to witness the practical effects of its erosion each and every day. NACDL is grateful for this opportunity to share our expertise on this concept, which is of fundamental import to our entire criminal justice system, and to present our views, supported by others across the ideological divide, on why mens rea reform demands immediate action.



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