John Stossel on One Nation Under Arrest (with video)
Last week, Heritage Foundation legal fellow Brian Walsh appeared on John Stossel’s Fox Business Network show to discuss his new book: One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. Walsh recounts:
One of the things Stossel asked me during the interview was whether most prosecutors have good intentions. The majority of them do. But even if ninety-nine percent of all prosecutors have spotless intentions, there are thousands of vague, overbroad federal laws that give the other one percent vast powers to ruin the life of almost anyone. These laws criminalize an unimaginably vast array of conduct, much of it conduct that you or I would never dream has been made criminal. Worse, most of these laws fail to require the government to prove that you knew that what you did was unlawful or even wrongful.
Posted August 16, 2010