To start off, I am only a high school student helping a friend of mine with a little predicament. She has asked me to research about the Congressional history and the legislative intent of a statute: 18 USC 1832.
From what she has mentioned, when Congress passes something and makes it a law, there's some "intent" at the time. This intent may change from time to time resulting the law getting modified. She wants to know how the law has evolved since 1996.
Specifically, she wants to know if an "extraterritorial jurisdiction" clause is present in the statute, and if so, when and how Congress passed it?
I have no clue what any of this means, can anybody help me? It would be great if you could give us some ideas or direct me to a good reference spot to find this answer.
This is rather urgent so if anybody could help me out here, it would be greatly appreciated.