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NACDL News: Reauthorized Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization Holds Hearing on Criminal Code Reform
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
On Feb. 28, the House Judiciary Committee’s Overcriminalization Task Force held its fifth hearing, this time focusing on the subject of “Criminal Code Reform.” This was the task force’s first hearing in 2014 and also the first since the task force was reauthorized for an additional six months, through Aug. 5, 2014. The witnesses who testified at the hearing were Michael Volkov, CEO, the Volkov Law Group LLC; Professor Julie Rose O’Sullivan, Georgetown Law Center; Professor Roger A. Fairfax Jr., George Washington University Law School; and John D. Cline, Law Office of John D. Cline.
Opening and closing the discussion, Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) suggested that any first effort at criminal code reform be “policy neutral.” A number of the witnesses urged the establishment of a commission — one that would include judges, practitioners and the like — that would advise Congress on comprehensive criminal code reform. In his testimony, criminal defense lawyer
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