Federal Criminal Law (20298). 3 units. This course will explore the law of federal crimes. The introductory course in Criminal Law and Administration is a prerequisite. Federal criminal law is peculiar -- expansive yet limited. The major thematic approach of this course will be trying to answer the question, "Who (really) defines federal crimes?" We will see that Congress is just one of the authors of federal criminal law.
A second theme of the course will be the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, which is a legal premise that helps explain such a vast, under-enforced body of law.
Federal criminal law is also important. The influence of federal criminal law on state law and even the law of other nations is much greater than its proportionate number of prosecutions. For instance, in recent decades, there have been major substantive and doctrinal changes in federal criminal law, often copied at the state level. RICO laws, money-laundering laws, and sentencing law reforms are some prominent examples. More generally, as William Stuntz said, "Federal criminal law is…the battleground for the most basic issues of crime policy." We will explore interpretative, theoretical, and practical issues in the development and enforcement of federal criminal law -- including federal criminal jurisdiction, mail and wire fraud, extortion and bribery, criminal civil rights law, money-laundering, RICO, and the criminal side of the United States' efforts against non-state international terrorism. Prerequisite: Criminal Law and Administration. Scheduled examination. K. Stith.
SLB - 121 (Tue) SLB - 121 (Thu) Grade mode: graded CRN: 10206
Exam: 12/16/2016 at 9:00 AM SLB: 128 Questions available online Name or Id: Id Length: 4 hour(s)
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