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Friday, January 13, 2006

Weekly CrimProf Spotlight: Wyoming's Eric Johnson

Johnsoneric_1Professor Eric A. Johnson teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and serves as director of the law school’s Prosecution Assistance Program. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Wyoming faculty in 2004, he worked in the offices of both the New York and Alaska attorneys general. From 2001 to 2004, he was an Assistant Solicitor General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Before that, he worked in Alaska’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, first as an Assistant Attorney General and then as Chief Assistant Attorney General. During his years in Alaska, he also served on the Alaska Supreme Court’s Advisory Committees on Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions and Appellate Rules.

Among the questions addressed in Johnson’s recent and forthcoming publications are whether the requirement of factual cause in criminal law is satisfied by proof of a “lost chance”; whether the morals rationale offered by Congress for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is consistent with Lawrence v. Texas; and whether proof of a reasonable mistake of fact really negates the culpable mental states of recklessness and negligence.

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