Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

Front Cover, 2011 - 698 pages
The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. The volume of federal crimes in recent decades has increased well beyond the statute books and into the morass of the Code of Federal Regulations, handing federal prosecutors an additional trove of vague and exceedingly complex and technical prohibitions to stick on their hapless targets. The dangers spelled out in Three Felonies a Day do not apply solely to ''white collar criminals,'' state and local politicians, and professionals. No social class or profession is safe from this troubling form of social control by the executive branch, and nothing less than the integrity of our constitutional democracy hangs in the balance.

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I was just able to read some chapters here and there. I know more than I wish I did about some of
the top of the so-called top doctors who know the other top mentioned and others not. It's the the
good ol saying is just follow the money. Find out who built or made the contributions for the B.I. Palliative pain clinic. Check out this Great dr. R. Portenoy who was pushing a time released opioid called Avenza like candies some directly mostly through advising his great staff of physician followers.
Where his pockets being lined with hundreds of thousands or multi millions? If so by whom? His patients or Purdue Pharma, Cephalon or Teva (I don't believe that Teva owned Fentora just yet). I need to read more but convincing our politicians to dispense of label opioids such as Fentanyl is equivalent to medical murder via pharmaceutical methods as the doctor's age they too need a nest egg and it's called kickbacks from big pharma.

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This book's a little over the top. Silverglate is writing about cases where he was the defense attorney, and his presentation is thus biased. Read full review


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Doing Their Duty or Committing
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