Bills Aim To Extend US Law To Contractors Abroad

Law360, New York (February 3, 2010, 4:16 PM EST) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. David Price, D-N.C., have introduced legislation aimed at ensuring American government employees and contractors are held accountable under U.S. law for crimes committed overseas.

The Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, introduced Tuesday in the House and the Senate, would direct the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate, arrest and prosecute contractors and employees who commit serious crimes.

It expands the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which provides criminal jurisdiction over defense department employees and contractors but not U.S. contractors working abroad for...
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