AJ 4 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Telephone Tapping, Assisted Suicide
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Reforming the Criminal Law
Decriminalization: reduction of penalties
Stalking: the willful, malicious, and repeated following, harassing, or contacting of another
person. Such behavior becomes a criminal act when it causes the victim to feel fear for his or her
safety or the safety of others.
Prohibiting Assisted Suicide
● Physician assisted suicide became national debate when Dr. Kevorkian began practicing
obituary, helping people take their own lives.
Registering Sex Offenders
● Megan’s law, sex offender registration, and community notification providing private and
public information about sex offenders to the public.
● It is now considered rape a woman consents to sex, the sex act begins, and she changes
her mind during the act and tells her partner to stop, and he refuses and continues.
● 2005 makes phishing—sending out bulk email messages to trick consumers into
revealing bank accounts—a felony.
Protecting the Environment
● Environmental protection agency has successfully prosecuted significant violations
including data fraud, indiscriminate hazardous waste dumping, and industry ocean-wide
dumping by cruise ships, oil spills, and illegal handling of chemicals.
● 20 states have legalized weed for medical purposes and Washington and Colorado have
legalized it for recreational purposes.
Responding to Terrorism
● USAPA: Oct 2001, expands wiretaps, search warrants, trap orders, and subpoenas. Gives
greater power to the FBI to check and monitor phone, Internet, and computer records
without first needing to demonstrate that a suspect of a court order was using them.
Government may now serve a single wiretap on any person regardless of whether that
person is named in a court order.