S. 2298: Mens Rea Reform Act of 2015

The U.S. Code contains almost 5,000 federal crimes, impossible for any reasonable person to memorize. So what happens if somebody accidentally breaks a law that they didn’t even realize was a law? Two bills, if passed, would clarify that criminal intent is required to prosecute people for most federal crimes. Though it may sound simple, some opponents ...

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Nov 18, 2015


Referred to Committee on Nov 18, 2015

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on November 18, 2015, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.


Orrin Hatch

Senior Senator from Utah



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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015
Length: 7 pages


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Nov 18, 2015

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