It's hard to think of any good that can possibly come out of the ongoing maniacal efforts to use the criminal law to overturn the results of our last election. But here's the best I can offer: At least we are getting a closer look than we usually get at our over-criminalized and steeply slanted legal system. And maybe a few people are starting to pay attention. We've let this monster get way out of control. Can it be reined in? Maybe a little.
If you are unfamiliar with this subject, you can get a lot of background by reading through my Archives under the tag "Phony Prosecutions." There are about 60 posts there, covering everything from the extraordinary number of crimes (over 4000 just in the federal books!), to vague statutes, to shakedowns of legitimate businesses, to takedowns of political opponents, to prosecutorial coercion of witnesses, to misuse of civil asset forfeitures, and much more.
The most recent post, just a couple of days ago noted that Michael Cohen had pled guilty to a violation of the campaign finance law because supposedly the payoff to Stormy Daniels constituted a campaign rather than a personal expense, and therefore Cohen's advancement of same constituted a campaign contribution in excess of the allowed limit of $2700. However, under the same law, had the same payment instead been made with campaign funds contributed in accordance with the limits in a desperate attempt to avoid criminality, the payment could then just as easily have been prosecuted as misuse of campaign funds for a personal expense -- that's a crime too! They've got you coming and going! Everything is a crime! . . .Read More