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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 2597: American-Owned Property in Occupied Cyprus Claims Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to amend the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949 to allow for certain claims of nationals of the United States against Turkey, and for other purposes.


This bill modifies a regime of the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949 to allow for U.S. citizens to settle property claims in Turkey. The criminal provision involves a limitation of fees of 10 percent for services that a person renders on behalf of any claimant. A violation of this limitation would be punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 months and a fine as authorized by Title 18, U.S. Code.

Legislation Details

pallone (D - NJ)


10/25/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia.
07/20/2011: Referred to House Judiciary Committee.
07/20/2011: Referred to House Foreign Affairs Committee.