The Pernicious Effect of Dubious Materiality
12 Liberty University Law Review 315 (2018)
20 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2018
Date Written: 2018
This short symposium Article adds to the over-criminalization zeitgeist by arguing that the absence of express materiality qualifiers in statutes necessarily adds troubling overbreadth to statutes. Moreover, even when materiality is an element of the offense, its judicial construction can effectively nullify any purported protection. The net effect of both phenomena is a pernicious creep of over-criminalization that undercuts a free society.
Keywords: over-criminalization, materiality
JEL Classification: K00, K14, K40, K42
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