☰ In this section

The Champion

November 2010 , Page 60 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

Congress Focuses on The Problem of Overcriminalization

By Ivan J. Dominguez

On Sept. 28, 2010, Congress held a hearing titled “Reining in Overcriminalization: Assessing the Problems, Proposing Solutions” before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and to a standing-room-only crowd.1 

NACDL President Jim E. Lavine and Stetson Law Professor and NACDL member Ellen S. Podgor both provided substantial testimony at the hearing, and fielded numerous, thoughtful questions from Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Ranking Member Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.). In addition, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) actively participated in the hearing. Other witnesses included overcriminalization victims Abner Schoenwetter and legendary race car driver Bobby Unser, Brian Walsh of the Heritage Foundation, Notre Dame Law Professor Stephen Smith, and former director of the DOJ’s Enron Task Force and NACDL member Andrew Weissmann.

The hearing covered the erosion of mens rea

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or idominguez@nacdl.org
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.
Advertisement Advertise with Us

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us