Quick Up: "Almost anyone can be arrested for something"
A current justice of the Supreme Court believes "almost anyone can be arrested for something" in the United States:
History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can be arrested for something. If the state could use these laws not for their intended purposes but to silence those who voice unpopular ideas, little would be left of our First Amendment liberties, and little would separate us from the tyrannies of the past or the malignant fiefdoms of our own age.
-- Justice Neil Gorsuch, United States Supreme Court, on 28 May, 2019
Wouldn't it be more correct to say, "If the state could use these laws ... little would separate us from the tyrannies of the past"?
- @CrimeADay on Twitter
- Cardinal Richliu (disputed): "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
- How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender, by Mike Chase of @CrimeADay.
- Three Felonies a Day, by Harvey Silverglate. "The average professional in [the United States] 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."