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NCJ Number: 120573 Find in a Library
Title: Interstate Transport of Stolen Property (From White-Collar Crime: Fifth Survey of Law, P 917-930, 1989, Andrew J. Gildea, ed. -- See NCJ-120557)
Journal: American Criminal Law Review  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1989)  Pages:917-930
Author(s): J D Piel
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While the interstate transportation of stolen property can be prosecuted under a number of Federal statutes, the National Stolen Property Act is most often employed because it contains the broadest provisions.
Abstract: The National Stolen Property Act has two major purposes: it helps States prosecute those who steal property and transport it to another State to avoid the jurisdiction of the former State, and it deters theft and the transportation and receipt of stolen property by imposing heavy penalties. Elements of a crime under the Act are discussed in detail, along with relevant case law and defenses. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the National Stolen Property Act could not be used to prosecute cases involving the transportation in interstate commerce of goods that infringed pre-existing copyrights. Theft of the intangible elements of a trade secret could probably not be prosecuted under the Act either. 98 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Dealing in stolen goods
Index Term(s): Federal Code; Interstate agreements; Property crimes; Prosecution; White collar crime
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