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Responsible corporate officer doctrine

Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws: Part II

Editors' Summary: In this second of a three-part series, the authors examine the knowledge element in environmental crimes. They point out that while mens rea—or "guilty knowledge"—is a required element of most criminal offenses, a...

The Present Use of the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine in the Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws

Editors' Summary: The responsible corporate officer doctrine establishes that individuals, including management of a legal entity, may be prosecuted as "persons" within the meaning of several federal environmental statutes, if the...