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ABA cites erosion of criminal intent element but urges careful steps in enacting mens rea legislation

The ABA told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that the erosion of the criminal intent (mens rea) element in federal criminal laws is a significant problem and directly affects a core principle of the American system of justice – that individuals should not be subjected to criminal prosecution and conviction unless they intentionally engage in inherently wrongful conduct or conduct that they know to be unlawful.

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President-elect Nominee Hilarie Bass highlights association’s role in resolving justice issues

Miami lawyer Hilarie Bass, who was selected to be the association’s president-elect nominee during the Midyear Meeting, expressed pride in the work of the association in a speech Feb. 8 to the House of Delegates and said she is “greatly humbled” to be given the “opportunity to lead the ABA in the great work we know it will continue to accomplish in the future.”