United States v. Lynch, 881 F.3d 812 (10th Cir. Feb. 5, 2018).
Feb 5, 2018
A jury found the defendant guilty of in-flight assault or intimidation of a flight attendant. In an interesting analysis of the differences between general and specific intent statutes, the Tenth Circuit rejected the defendant’s argument that Elonis v. United States, — U.S. —, 135 S. Ct. 2001 (2015), required specific intent for in-flight intimidation and held a general intent mens rea requirement was consistent with the plain language and purpose of the statute.