Twice recently the Supreme Court has chastised the U.S. Department of Justice for extending unlawful rules beyond their logical application in an effort to secure a conviction. Beyond their effects for specific defendants, these choices delivered a welcome message to prosecutors they should never uproot a statute from the clear context in order to get their man (or girl).
Often, but, prosecutors are aided inside their overreach by laws and regulations which can be therefore vaguely written that it is not yet determined just what conduct will be targeted. Continue reading “Firearms, Egypt, Iranian hands, and loans that are payday. What the law states provides a listing of crimes that qualify as violent felonies: burglary, arson, extortion or the utilization of explosives.”