Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rep. Goodlatte says he won't drop criminal intent reform

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Goodlatte cited support from Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, two Democratic lawmakers in favor of mens rea reform legislation in the House. That mens rea legislation proposal was put forward by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., andstalled in the year.
"Criminal intent requirements ensure that honest, hard-working Americans do not become criminals because they accidentally do something unlawful or violate an obscure law," Goodlatte and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wrote in a joint op-ed in January.
Goodlatte added Tuesday that he is "optimistic" about sentencing reform passing in the House. And when asked if it will pass this year?

"I think it will," he said.
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