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Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act: Federal Contractor Criminal Liability Overseas

Congressional Research Report For Congress February 15, 2012

Charles Doyle
Senior Specialist in American Public Law

Summary 7-5700      http://www.crs.gov     R42358

The United States government uses hundreds of thousands of civilian contractors and employees overseas. They and their dependants are often subject to local prosecution for the crimes they commit abroad. Whether by agreement, practice, or circumstance—sometimes they are not.
The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) permits federal prosecution of certain  crimes committed abroad by Defense Department civilian employees, contractors, or their dependants.
The Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA; H.R. 2136) (Representative Price of North Carolina) and S. 1145 (Senator Leahy) would permit federal prosecution for certain crimes committed abroad by the civilian employees, dependants, or contractors of other federal agencies.

The bills would supplement rather than replace MEJA or other provisions of federal extraterritorial jurisdiction. The crimes covered would include various federal violent, corruption, and trafficking offenses. The Attorney General would be responsible to ensure the availability of personnel and other resources necessary for investigation and prosecution of such offenses.

Otherwise applicable statutes of limitation would be suspended during the absence of a suspect from the United States. Prosecutors would be afforded the additional option of trying cases under CEJA in the district in which the employing or contracting agency maintained its headquarters.

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February 21, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , ,

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