Criminal law expert Eric Johnson pens an op-ed criticizing the "The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015." Here's an excerpt:
"Would this proposed statute "improve" the federal criminal code? No. Granted, many federal criminal statutes are silent or ambiguous with respect to mental states. And granted, the federal courts' efforts to fill these statutory "gaps" with judge-made law have been somewhat uneven. Probably, then, the federal criminal code would be improved by the addition of a well-drafted general provision governing the assignment of mental states to offense-elements. But 18 USC § 11 isn't well-drafted. It's a disaster from start to finish. It's worse than nothing."
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