A Shifting Theory Of Criminal Liability — Until Now

Law360, New York (July 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT) -- Most would agree that certain acts, such as a public official’s acceptance of a bribe, or a corporate officer’s receipt of a kickback in the awarding of a contract, are sufficiently dishonest as to warrant criminal prosecution. But what about university students who conspire with their professors to submit plagiarized work, or the federal employee who calls in sick so he can attend a baseball game? Until June 24, a federal law arguably allowed for convictions under both of these scenarios. Indeed, federal criminal convictions were...
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