The Largely Defunct Bill of Rights
by Harry Browne
Founding Fathers created a Bill of Rights to ensure that Americans
would never have to fear government prosecutors the way people in
the Old World did.
the Bill of Rights is a dead letter in too many ways in America.
It has now become possible for prosecutors to get a conviction in
virtually every case where they choose to indict whether or not
the defendant is guilty.
however, a number of prominent writers are alarmed about the problem
including some people you might expect to be law-and-order conservatives.
are some articles that explain aspects of this prosecution crisis
a crisis that, to the best of my knowledge, no Republican or Democratic
candidate raised in the last election.
Government Breaks the Law" by Andrew P. Napolitano
A new public hero emerges to call attention to the way that government
at all levels has discarded the Bill of Rights.
Defense Rests Permanently" by Craig Horowitz
Prosecutors have so much power that defense attorneys are now concerned
only with negotiating plea bargains, rather than arguing cases in
court. Mandatory-minimum-sentence laws have taken the power of sentencing
away from judges and given it to prosecutors thus allowing the
prosecutors to force plea bargains on guilty and innocent defendants
System Bereft of Justice" by Paul Craig Roberts
An excellent overview of the problem by one of America's premier
Lawyers into Government Spies" by Paul Craig Roberts
How the government is prosecuting attorneys and trying to destroy
Mandatory Sentences Are Unconstitutional"
by William L. Anderson and Karen S. Bond
A rebuttal to those who argue that the suffering of people hurt
in violent crimes justifies long sentences imposed on people who
have never engaged in violence.
about Lying" by William L. Anderson
Government agents are allowed to engage in the very misdeeds, such
as lying, for which civilians are prosecuted.
Death of Due Process" by Peter Brimelow
How prosecutors can intimidate defendants into pleading guilty.
Rejects Sell's Request for Trial" by Carolyn Tuft
A doctor is considered delusional for saying he's being persecuted
by being incarcerated for eight years without benefit of a trial.
Harry Browne [send
him mail], the author of Why
Government Doesn't Work
and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.
© 2004 Harry Browne