OverCriminalization? The Supreme Court Considers "Honest Services"

OverCriminalization? The Supreme Court Considers "Honest Services"

The ACLU and the Heritage Foundation rarely share the same point of view. So why are they on the same side of two cases argued last week in the Supreme Court?

Two cases argued last week before the Supreme Court raise a troubling question: Do intentionally-vague fraud laws give federal prosecutors too much power? And could you be the next target of a sting? Kojo explores the travails of unwitting criminals, the limits of a little-known federal statute regarding "Honest Services", and the unusual coalition trying to protect your rights.

Guests

Adam Liptak

Reporter, The New York Times

Randall Eliason

former chief of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section of the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia; adjunct professor at American University and George Washington University

Harvey Silverglate

Author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

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