Liability Considerations

AuthorRachel V. Rose - Jonathan P. Tomes - Lance H. Rose
Criminal Liability
A truism of criminal law is that crime is normally punished
according to the law of the place where the proscribed
act occurs,
although some American criminal laws apply
beyond the territorial limits of the nation. Other than
those limited extraterritorial offenses, generally speak-
ing, some element of the crime must have been committed
within the state.
Even though some federal statutes have
so-called extraterritorial jurisdiction, the United States
Department of Justice (DOJ) has not prosecuted many
such cases because of practical, legal, and diplomatic
The Congressional Research Service recently prepared
a report for Congress on the extraterritorial application
of American criminal law, which purported to list all the
Liability Considerations
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two
years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.
Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
—Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft
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