Wednesday, December 24, 2014

US Finds Organ Sale A Victimless Crime And Not A Moral Turpitude Offense

From Bloomberg, "Organ Broker Skirts Expulsion as U.S. Concludes His Crime Was 'Victimless' " by David Glovin:
An Israeli citizen who in 2011 became the only person in the U.S. convicted of organ trafficking will remain in the country after a federal immigration agency concluded his crime was "victimless" and not an offense of "moral turpitude," his lawyer said.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum completed a 2 1/2-year sentence last week for brokering the sale of kidneys. By permitting his release from a New Jersey prison rather than holding him for deportation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency concluded that Rosenbaum didn’t engage in a violent or immoral crime that would warrant his expulsion from the U.S., his lawyer said.

"It was a victimless crime because the recipient received a kidney and the donor was remunerated for his contribution," Edward Shulman, an immigration lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey, said in a phone interview. "Even though he was convicted, it was not immoral what he was doing."

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