The FOCUS Act Hearing: Unpersuasive Criticisms and Tacit Admissions

The Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act would amend the Lacey Act by decriminalizing it. The criminal provisions of the Lacey Act are unreasonable because they require an American, on pain of imprisonment, to know the criminal and civil laws of every foreign country, regardless of their number and regardless of their language. It may be necessary to presume that every person knows the laws of this nation, but it is utterly unreasonable to apply that principle—which is less a principle and more a ukase—to every law of every foreign country.

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