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Previously, I wrote about state systems for classifying felonies and how some systems create, for example, a “3rd Degree Felony,” rather than incorporating the crime’s degree of heinousness into the law describing the crime. I wrote only about state law, highlighting the variegated texture of our multi-state nation, in which criminal law was traditionally a province of the states. Long ago, treason, piracy, and counterfeiting used to be the only federal crimes. Now, federal criminal law applies to crimes that affect interstate commerce, including drug crimes and crimes with weapons that moved in interstate commerce.

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Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris ended up in law school via an administrative career and paralegal certificate. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School and a Massachusetts attorney, she is intellectually curious about many aspects of law, but especially the field of energy and utility regulation. She has interned for the power company TransCanada and worked at a law firm dealing with utility regulators, but still seeks her ideal career habitat, while participating in a litigation document review at The Brattle Group.

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