The Face of Overcriminalization

"'Overcriminalization' Making Us a Nation of Felons?" Video Report and Article, CBN News, April 1, 2012.  CBN's John Jessup reports from Washington with legal commentary from NACDL Board Member Timothy P. O'Toole. 

"Convicted of a Crime He Didn't Know He Committed," Video Report, The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2011. Wall Street Journal's Neil Hickey reports from Washington with legal commentary from NACDL Board Member Timothy P. O'Toole.  

Personal Stories of Overcriminalization

John Yates - Case Summary - In His Own Words, Background, and NACDL amicus briefs (here and here), U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Analysis, USA Today article 

Carol Anne Bond - Case Summary, U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Recap, U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Reversing Conviction, Cato Institute's Opinion Analysis, Manhattan Institute's Opinion Analysis, New York Times Article 

Gibson Guitar - Gibson and its CEO Henry Juskiewicz respond to the government raids and discuss the ongoing legal battle.  Click here!  

Krister Evertson - Case Summary, Video, Petition for Cert, and Washington Examiner Special Report: Intro, Part One and Part Two 

George Norris - Case Summary and In-Depth Study 

Abner Schoenwetter - Case Summary, Video, and Miami Herald Story 

Bobby Unser - Case Summary, Video  

Press & Commentary on the Destruction Caused by Overcriminalization

"Prosecutorial Over-Criminalization: Fishing for Guilty Pleas," The National Law Review, December 2, 2014.

"Manhattan Moment: Overcriminalization is also a problem in the states," by James R. Copland and Isaac Gorodetski, The Washington Examiner, October 31, 2014.

"Overcriminalization Comes To National Parks As People Who Fly Toys Face Six Months In Jail," by Gregory S. McNeal, Forbes, August 31, 2014.

"Chemical Weapons Treaty Does Not Apply to Petty Crime, Justices Rule," by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, June 2, 2014. [Full Opinion]

"Justices to Weight Finance Law as It Was Applied to Little Fish," Adam Liptak, The New York Times, April 28, 2014.

"MALCOLM/REIMER: Over-criminalization undermines respect for legal system," by John G. Malcolm and Norman L. Reimer, The Washington Times, December 11, 2013.

"Over-criminalization and the Tragic Case of Aaron Swartz," by Ammon Simon, National Review, January 15, 2013.

"Ex-Glaxo VP on 'The Criminalization of the Practice of Law'," by Jennifer Smith, The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2012.

"The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?," by John W. Whitehead, Huffington Post, August 6, 2012.

"When Everyone Is an Offender," The Atlantic, September 28, 2011.

"As Federal Crime List Grows, Threshold of Guilt Declines," The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011.

"As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared," The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011.

"Overcriminalized America," National Review Online, May 2, 2011.

"Overcriminalization on Appeal - Notable concurrence from Chief Kozinski as 9th Circuit Reverses White Collar Conviction," Sentencing Law & Policy Blog, December 10, 2010. [Full Opinion]

"Rough Justice in America - Too many laws, too many prisoners," The Economist, July 22, 2010.

"Editor's Highlights: America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal," The Economist, July 22, 2010.


For additional coverage and materials on the problem of overcriminalization generally, visit the Overcriminalization Advocacy and Scholarship webpage.  



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