Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

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Encounter Books, 2009 - Law - 323 pages
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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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The Founders believed the only legitimate power is a limited one. They recognized that the power to indict, convict and punish is a potential engine of injustice. Consequently, the Founders embedded ... Read full review

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The Founders believed the only legitimate power is a limited one. They recognized that the power to indict, convict and punish is a potential engine of injustice. Consequently, the Founders embedded ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Alan Charles Kors is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and editor in chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment.

Harvey A. Silverglate is a criminal defense attorney and civil liberties litigator who writes regular columns for the Boston Phoenix and the National Law Journal and has taught at Harvard Law School.

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