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Overcriminalization Hearing Today on Capitol Hill

This afternoon in Washington, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security is holding a hearing entitled "Over-Criminalization of Conduct and Over-Federalization of Criminal Law." Expert witnesses include former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (see also the Manhattan Institute's program including Mr. Thornburgh here), and victim witnesses include Krister Evertson, whose story was told in the Washington Examiner here. Details are below for what promises to be a very informative program:

Wednesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

2237 Rayburn Bldg.

Expert Witnesses

  • Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh - General problems of overcriminalization
  • Temple University law professor James Strazzella (served as official reporter for the ABA Task Force on the Federalization of Crime) - Over-federalization of crime
  • George Washington University law professor Stephen Saltzburg - Mandatory minimum sentences
  • Tim Lynch, Cato Institute - Erosion/elimination of meaningful mens rea requirements

Victim Witnesses

  • Krister Evertson - Entrepreneur and inventor who was convicted under RCRA of "abandoning" his fuel-cell materials after being acquitted for failing to add the correct sticker to his otherwise properly shipped UPS package
  • Kathy Norris - Wife of George Norris, a retiree who pled guilty to Lacey Act charges for illegal importation of orchids

Contact: Bobby Vassar - Democratic Chief Counsel at 202-225-5727

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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