No. 84-1628.

766 F.2d 676 (1985)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Theodore V. ANZALONE, Defendant, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

July 1, 1985.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Nancy Gertner, Boston, Mass., with whom Harvey A. Silverglate, Judith H. Mizner, and Silverglate, Gertner, Baker & Fine, Boston, Mass., were on brief, for defendant, appellant.

Daniel I. Small, Asst. U.S. Atty., Boston, Mass., with whom William F. Weld, U.S. Atty., Boston, Mass., was on brief, for appellee.

Before TORRUELLA and ALDRICH, Circuit Judges, and PETTINE, Senior District Judge.

TORRUELLA, Circuit Judge.

In contrast to what is permitted under other legal systems,1 the Constitution of the United States mandates that, before any person is held responsible for violation of the criminal laws of this country, the conduct for which he is held accountable be prohibited with sufficient specificity to forewarn of the proscription of said conduct. U.S. Const. amend. V ("No person...


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