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Responsible-Corporate-Officer Doctrine

Responsible-Corporate-Officer Doctrine

Definition

Also known as the Park doctrine, a strict-liability theory that permits corporate officers to be prosecuted for misdemeanor criminal offenses without having to establish their intent or that they were directly involved in the wrongful conduct. The prosecution has to prove only that the corporate officer held a position of responsibility, had the ability to prevent or promptly correct the violation, and failed to do so.

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