This is a very thoughtful and vigorously argued book about the injustices that arise when prosecutors seek to expand the reach of federal criminal statutes beyond their proper field of application. The author has litigated many of the cases he discusses, and is able to translate the complexities of that experience intelligently and without condescension, but also without all of the unnecessary technical details that lawyers writing for a general audience sometimes get bogged down in.
Harvey Silverglate is an institution in his own right: a tireless advocate for civil liberties, prolific writer, and astute student of the law, there are few people who have a stronger commitment to illuminating the practical workings of the criminal justice system and their relationship to broader currents in the law. This is a must-read for those interested in criminal law, civil liberties, and the recent history of the Department of JUST_U.S. by a writer who has the courage of his convictions and voices them powerfully and well.
===snipped===> Thought provoking, brilliant and scary:By K. Unger
This book was recommended by a Federal Judge at a conference on ethics. It is a scary, insightful indictment of criminal prosecutions and the growing trend of prosecutors and judges encroaching on the legislative branch's power to enact laws through manipulation and overreaching interpretations of vague federal laws. It is not only a MUST read, but it is a MUST act upon as well. Kudos Silverglate!
===snipped===> If You Haven't Already Lost All Faith in the Federal Government, This Will Do the Trick: By Tammy McArdle
The premise is, because of increasingly vague and over-reaching federal statutes, any one of us is committing an average of three felonies a day without even realizing it. In other words, the Feds can pretty much choose their targets FIRST (for whatever reason... vengeance, political gain, to pressure you to testify against a "bigger fish," monetary gain or simply to advance their own careers) and figure out what to indict you on later. Even if you haven't committed a crime, by the time the DOJ is finished freezing your assets (so you can't afford adequate defense), harass your friends and family (to get them to turn on you... and even threaten them with their own indictments), feed false information to the media and ruin your reputation, career, social life, etc., you're going to FIGHT THE BASTARDS...no matter what the cost!!!
===snipped===> "And Ye Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free"
WAKE UP AMERICA....ITs OUR COUNTRY!!!
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