Assisting the maritime industry in regulatory compliance

Bryant's Maritime Consulting


This site is intended to familiarize the reader with issues of significance to legislators and regulators and explain how they might impact the maritime community.  Most of the time, new developments are presnted in a straight-forward manner.  Sometimes, though, I will include my own perspective on an issue.  My perspective is just that – my own.  I welcome comment on the various topics presented – whether in support or disagreement.

    logo11 Strict liability criminal statutes

    In the February 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Strict liability criminal statutes". The article discusses the omission from the Refuse Act of 1899 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of scienter provisions and how the courts over time have come to treat these statutes as creating strict criminal liability. Congress created the problem and Congress should fix it.