SUPREME COURT PROHIBITS CONVICTION OF CITIZENS WITHOUT MENS REA (GUILTY MIND)
The U. S. Senate has before it The Mens Rea Reform Act of 2015 which sponsors say is to comply with the Supreme Court decision in Elonis v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2001, (2015) which recognizes it is U.S. law that a Mens Rea or guilty mind requirement must be read in all criminal statutes. Moreover, they said that this has always been U. S. law.
They emphasized that not only does one have to willfully commit a crime, the government has to prove that the person knew in his mind that he was committing the act that was criminal. If someone was charged with using a chemical that was illegally imported from Japan, the government must prove that the person knew the chemical was the one imported illegally and not the chemical that was properly and legally in the United States. Under the DOJ system, anyone using the illegal chemical was guilty of a crime. Wrongdoing must conscious to be criminal,
The fact that this was always the law means all convicted of such crimes deserve reversals.