Courts & Crime

October 4, 2010

Congress looks at laws that criminalize non-criminal behavior

Abner Schoenwetter, a Miami seafood importer, spent six years in prison, paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees and is at risk of losing his home. His crime? Agreeing to purchase lobster tails that federal prosecutors said violated harvest regulations — in Honduras. Now he's a star witness for congressional efforts aimed at stemming what legal experts call "overcriminalization" of minor infractions.

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