October 27, 2014 – Should Edward Snowden go to trial in the U.S., Professor Norman Abrams explains to a Washington Post op-ed writer what that trial would involve.
Norman Abrams of UCLA’s law school told me that the problem is not (Classified Information Procedures Act.) The government would try to prove that Snowden broke the law by leaking classified government documents. Snowden would want to mount a defense to explain his motives and the benefits that resulted from his actions. The issue, Abrams said, is not CIPA but that “generally, motive and reasons for doing the deed are not an element of the crime, and trials are limited to proof of the crime and responses to that proof.”
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