ON-Lion Letter
The average professional in America 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 Encounter Books' new Three Felonies a Day:  How the Feds Target the Innocent, Boston attorney 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.

Silverglate specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic-freedom/student-rights law.  He is co-founder and chairman of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

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.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  The Bradley Foundation also supports FIRE.
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