Shang-Chi Andrew Liu

Volume 89.5
What's the Use?: Interpreting the Term "Uses" in the Aggravated Identity Theft Provision
Shang-Chi Andrew Liu
B.A. 2020, University of California, Los Angeles; J.D. Candidate, The University of Chicago Law School.

Many thanks to the editors and staff of the University of Chicago Law Review for their helpful advice and insight.

This Comment argues that the rule of lenity is improper in the context of the aggravated identity theft provision because a variety of interpretive tools are available and operative. For that reason, courts should apply the statute in accordance with its broad plain meaning by construing “uses” as requiring only general misuse of another person’s identifying information.