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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.