No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and how to Fix it

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Prometheus Books, 1997 - Political Science - 524 pages
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Waco and Ruby Ridge were neither conspiracies nor flukes. They represent the worst-case scenario of problems that now plague federal law enforcement, including its militarisation, judicial rubberstamping of search and arrest applications, aggressive and violent arrest procedures, indifference to religious beliefs, the complicity of an overzealous media, and failed congressional investigations. In "No More Wacos", David B. Kopel and Paul H. Blackman use their expertise in law and criminology to outline the evidence in these cases and dozens of others to explain how and why such tragedies occur. Meticulously documented, this volume analyses all sides of this complex subject: flawed search warrants, authorities ignoring the difference between religious and criminal suspects, and intra-governmental deception, among other issues. Whenever problems are found, specific remedies are proposed - over one hundred solutions in all - both comprehensive and technical in nature. Each is offered in the hope of preventing future Wacos by properly placing federal law enforcement under the rule of law.

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My reaction to reading this book in 1998. Apart from an exploration of the theology of the Branch Davidians (more completely covered in Dick Reavisí The Ashes of Waco), this is the most complete ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Prologue
19
The Unwarranted Warrant
47
Copyright

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David B. Kopel is Research Director of the Independence Institute and is an Associate Policy Analyst with the Cato Institute. He is an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Kopel is one of several contributors to The Volokh Conspiracy and author of 13 books and almost 70 scholarly articles.

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