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Tyranny of Good Intentions How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice

ISBN-10: 0307396061
ISBN-13: 9780307396068
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

A thousand years of legal protections against tyranny are being stolen right before our eyes. Under the guise of good intentions, personal liberties as old as the Magna Carta have become casualties in the wars being waged on pollution, drugs, white-collar crime, and all of the other real and imagined social ills. The result: innocent people caught up in a bureaucratic web that destroys lives and livelihoods; businesses shuttered because of victimless infractions; a justice system that values coerced pleas over the search for truth; bullying police agencies empowered to confiscate property without due process. "A devastating indictment of our current system of justice." — Milton Friedman In this provocative book, Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton show how the law, which once shielded us from the government, has now become a powerful weapon in the hands of overzealous prosecutors and bureaucrats. Lost is the foundation upon which our freedom rest—the intricate framework of Constitutional limits that protect our property, our liberty, and our lives. Roberts and Stratton convincingly argue that this abuse of government power doesn't have ideological boundaries. Indeed, conservatives and liberals alike use prosecutors, regulators, and courts to chase after their own favorite "devils," to seek punishment over justice and expediency over freedom. The authors present harrowing accounts of people both rich and poor, of CEOs and blue-collar workers who have fallen victim to the tyranny of good intentions, who have lost possessions, careers, loved ones, and sometimes even their lives. This book is a sobering wake-up call to reclaim that which is rightly ours—liberty protected by the rule of law. From the Hardcover edition.

Authors' Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Preface
Introduction: The New Robber Barons
The Law As Shield: The Rights of Englishmen
The Law As Weapon: The Trial of Nikolai Bukharin
How the Law Was Lost
Crimes Without Intent
Retroactive Law
Reinventing Torture
Turning Lawyers into Government Spies: The Demise of the Attorney-Client Privilege
Privilege Trumping Rights
Forfeiting Justice
Ambition over Justice
Abdicating Legislative Power
What Is to Be Done?
Deleting Blackstone
Legislating Tyranny
Bibliography
Cases
Index

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