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Faces of Overcriminalization (From the President)

By Jim E. Lavine

Krister Evertson never had so much as a parking ticket prior to his arrest on May 27, 2004.1 A National Honor Society member, science whiz, clean energy inventor, and small business entrepreneur, Krister is now a felon. The nightmare that took two years of his freedom and hundreds of thousands of dollars in invention materials began when he made a simple error: he failed to put a “ground” sticker on a package that he shipped. Despite his clear intention to ship by ground — as evidenced by his selection of “ground” on the shipment form and payment for “ground” shipping — the government prosecuted him for this error anyway. When the jury acquitted Krister, the government charged him again, this time for his alleged abandonment of toxic materials. Krister had securely and safely stored his valuable research materials in stainless steel drums, at a storage facility, while he fought for his freedom in trial over the missing shipping sticker. He ultimately spent t

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