Senate Panel Backs Wider Prosecution Of Contractors

Law360, New York (June 23, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill Thursday that would expand federal criminal jurisdiction to include contractors working abroad, but reached no conclusion on two circuit court judgeships and four district court judgeships.

S.1145, the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, would close a current loophole that exists with respect to contractors working overseas for certain federal agencies, like the U.S. Department of State. Federal prosecutors already have jurisdiction over members of the military and U.S. Department of Defense contractors under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act.

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