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The average professional 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 A. 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, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. The volume of federal crimes in recent decades has increased 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. The dangers spelled out in Three Felonies a Day do not apply solely to "white collar criminals," state and local politicians, and professionals. No social class or profession is safe from this troubling form of social control by the executive branch, and nothing less than the integrity of our constitutional democracy hangs in the balance.

©2011 Harvey A. Silverglate (P)2018 Tantor

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Audible edition is not very exciting

Just into 30 minutes of this audible book and feel it’s a bit boring. The description of case after case with legal jargons is not the exciting content I expected. And the bland, almost robot like narration doesn’t help either.

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Audible edition is not very exciting

Just into 30 minutes of this audible book and feel it’s a bit boring. The description of case after case with legal jargons is not the exciting content I expected. And the bland, almost robot like narration doesn’t help either.

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  • jg
  • 10-25-18

Audible edition is not very exciting

Just into 30 minutes of this audible book and feel it’s a bit boring. The description of case after case with legal jargons is not the exciting content I expected. And the bland, almost robot like narration doesn’t help either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful