Boston Phoenix: "You're All Guilty!"


Boston Phoenix Executive Editor Peter Kadzis has an extensive interview with me on Three Felonies a Day in this week's edition of the paper. Among other topics, we delve into how the problem of abusing vague statutes is nonpartisan in nature, and has gotten worse under every administration since Ronald Reagan. Kadzis writes:

Silverglate's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything. It is a truly radical notion.

Silverglate presents a series of freestanding case studies that range from Wall Street to the Massachusetts State House, to Boston City Hall, to a suburban doctor's office, to a Midwest university, to the newsroom of the New York Times.

At this curious moment in history, Silverglate's book might not shock either the left or the right. For some time now, the two opposing wings of the American centrist polity have been alarmed by the predatory nature of our national government. For those in the middle of the political spectrum, however, Silverglate's book should be a bracing wake-up call. Liberty and freedom are being compromised, one prosecution at a time.

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