‘Mens Rea’ Legal Protection Erodes in U.S. as Federal Criminal Code Expands

Gary Fields and John R. Emshwiller at WSJ.com: This legal protection is now being eroded as the U.S. federal criminal code dramatically swells. In recent decades, Congress has repeatedly crafted laws that weaken or disregard the notion of criminal intent. Today not only are there thousands more criminal laws than before, but it is easier to fall afoul of them.