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United States Fourth Circuit

US v. Bollinger, 14-4086

In a case examining the constitutional limits of Congress's power to regulate the activities of the U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad, and whether Congress may prohibit individuals from engaging in non-commercial "illicit sexual conduct" after they "travel in foreign commerce," the district court's judgment upholding the legislation at issue, reasoning that Congress acted pursuant to its constitutional authority to implement an international treaty designed to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children, is affirmed on different grounds, where the Foreign Commerce Clause provides constitutional sanction. Prison sentences imposed by the district court are also affirmed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/19/2015
  • Published 08/19/2015




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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