Nathaniel Burney's comic about overcriminalization is a nice summary for those unfamiliar with the issue, but it actually understates the problem, because it doesn't even mention the "responsible corporate officer" doctrine, whereby an executive is not just responsible for knowing thousands of arbitrary laws, but ensuring that his employees aren't violating these thousands of arbitrary laws—with the concomitant cost to investment and job creation.
Overcriminalization, the comic
- Bond v. U.S.
- A Poster Child for Overcriminalization: The History of the Lacey Act
- Opposing FCPA Overcriminalization
- The Detrimental Effects of Extreme Deterrence
- Debate Concludes: The need for a reasonable mistake of law defense
- Reply: Never underestimate a defense lawyer's imagination
- A Debate: The need for a reasonable mistake of law defense
- Follow the debate: Overcriminalization is a problem, but a 'mistake of law defense' is not the right solution
- New Featured Discussion: Reconsidering the 'mistake of law defense' in the battle against overcriminalization
- Teen Sexting, Youthful Mistake or Felony?
- New Podcast: Federal overcriminalization hurts Ohioans
- Illinois, Chicago treats small businesses like they're a problem
- A better solution to prison overcrowding
- Whose Intent is it Anyway? The Case for State Flexibility in Criminal Law
- Recklessly Jailing Bankers
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