Foreign Law: A U.S. Tourist's Legal Sampler

Of the record 3,000,000 Americans expected to go overseas this year, very few will run afoul of foreign laws. Those who do can expect fair treatment, even in many Communist countries. Everywhere, the troubled tourist's best friend is the U.S. consul, reachable from remote places by wiring "Amconsul" in the nearest large city. Today, the consul negotiates from strength—no one wants to discourage a mounting influx of U.S. tourist dollars.

Despite these consolations, the rare American who winds up in a foreign jail cannot expect to lean on the U.S. Constitution. Every tourist...

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