Lawmakers Introduce Overseas Contractor Crime Bills

Law360, New York (June 6, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. David Price, D-N.C., introduced legislation in Congress on Monday that aims to hold civilians accountable for serious crimes overseas by extending domestic criminal laws to cover U.S.-based contractors working in foreign jurisdictions.

The lawmakers introduced companion bills for the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, saying the legislation could help close a gap in current law that some say lets employees of U.S.-based contractors escape justice for rape and other crimes when they're working abroad.

"For too long, contractors employed by our...
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