Featuring: Attorney and Author Harvey A. Silverglate
Washington, DC (October 26, 2009) – The average citizen in this country 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 Three Felonies a Day, Harvey 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, even for the most seemingly innocuous behavior.
Federal crimes in recent decades have increased in volume 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.
Mr. Silverglate’s remarks to be followed by a brief legislative update by
Brian W. Walsh Senior Legal Research Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Panel moderated by
Shana-Tara Regon Director of White Collar Crime Policy, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Thursday, October 29, 2009
12:00 - 1:15 pm (Lunch will be provided)
House Visitor’s Center 201 (HVC-201)
Capitol Visitor’s Center
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Copies of the author’s book, Three Felonies a Day, will be made available.
Please RSVP as soon as possible to Landon.Zinda@heritage.org or (202) 608-6205. For questions or additional information, contact: Shana-Tara Regon, NACDL, at email@example.com, or Brian Walsh, The Heritage Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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