George Will excoriates the expansion of the U.S. regulatory state and the “overcriminalization” of America in his column today.
Will writes of the dangers of a metastasizing U.S. legal code when it is met with “prosecutorial ingenuity,” citing the example of a Columbia Law School professor’s game to think of a plausible crime from the U.S. Code to indict famous people such as Mother Teresa or John Lennon.
The existence of an estimated 4,500 federal criminal statutes that no American could know entirely renders the each of us “unwittingly guilty” of numerous crimes over the course of a given day. With “too few inhibitions on prosecutors” we are witnessing an “ongoing corrosion of the rule and morality of law,” he writes.
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