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United States v. Clark
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
435 F.3d 1100 (2006)
Michael Lewis Clark (defendant) was a United States citizen and a pedophile. Clark had been living in Cambodia and sexually molesting young boys, particularly street children, in exchange for money for years. Clark was arrested by the Cambodian police, who turned over jurisdiction for his crimes to the United States. Clark confessed to having engaged in sex acts with dozens of children. Clark was extradited back to the United States and charged under the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today (PROTECT) Act, which made it a federal crime for United States citizens to travel in foreign commerce and engage in sexual activities with children abroad. Upon his conviction, Clark appealed, alleging that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in enacting the statute.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McKeown, J.)
Dissent (Ferguson, J.)
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