Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

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by Harvey Silverglate
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594035487
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
06/07/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
134,538
File size:
543 KB

Meet the Author

HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE is counsel to Boston’s Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt&Duncan LLP, specializing in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. He is co-founder and Chairman of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and is a regular columnist for The Boston Phoenix. Silverglate has been published in The National Law Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. He is author of The Shadow University with Alan Charles Kors.

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Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing audacity the gov't has, but definately not surprising, I expect nothing less from any government we elect nowadays, there's only been one type of gov't for decades..... a corrupt and power hungry big brother type
SpellingBeeChamp More than 1 year ago
Recommend it!
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Craig218 More than 1 year ago
I bought a book(later canceled). I found out that I could not share with my wife. We have one Nook Color. Sony ereader allows 6 devices/friends. I will pursue some other source that allows my wife and I to share a reader.