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United States v. Newman and Chiasson
Brief of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in support of Appellants.
Argument: The District Court’s jury instructions conflict with the fundamental principle that a defendant must know the facts that make his conduct illegal. Basic principles of mens rea require proof that the defendant knew the facts that made his conduct unlawful. The federal securities laws require proof that a tippee knew the original tipper of inside information disclosed information in exchange for a personal benefit. The requirement of proof of knowledge that the original tipper disclosed information in exchange for a personal benefit is particularly important in cases involving remote tippees.