News Release

Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force to Hold Hearing this Friday, July 25


Washington, DC (July 23, 2014) – This Friday, July 25, 2014, the bipartisan House Judiciary Overcriminalization Task Force will hold its tenth hearing. It will be held at 9:30 a.m. at 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. The topic of the hearing is "The Crimes on the Books and Committee Jurisdiction." The topics expected to be explored include the number and location of crimes in the federal code as well as the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee when it comes to the consideration of new federal criminal legislation.

Witness List 

Mr. Steven D. Benjamin
Immediate Past President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Dr. John S. Baker Jr.
Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law School

A link to a webcast of Friday's hearing will be available, and the written testimony of both witnesses at Friday's hearing will be available, here. Since the Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force was first authorized in May of 2013, it has held nine substantive hearings on Capitol Hill, with NACDL leadership testifying as witnesses at three of those hearings. Links to webcasts of all of the Task Force's previous hearings and the written testimony of all of the witnesses are available at And to learn more about NACDL's extensive work on the problem of overcriminalization in America, including the overfederalization of the criminal law, visit

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