Napolitano Is A Libertarian, Not A Conservative; Should “Obstruction” of a Criminal Investigation Be A Crime?

Letter 1:

From: B
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 12:25 PM
To:
Subject: Fwd: Check out this article from PoliticusUSA see what Napolitano had to say

Check out this article.

Letter 2:

On Mar 31, 2019, at 1:37 PM, Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:

Dear B:

Thanks. Interesting. But Napolitano is a libertarian, not a conservative.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3:

From: J

Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 6:34 PM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Check out this article from PoliticusUSA see what Napolitano had to say

Do you think “obstruction” of a criminal investigation ought to be a crime?

Letter 4:

From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu]

Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:12 PM

To: J

Subject: RE: Check out this article from PoliticusUSA see what Napolitano had to say

Dear J:

I think it depends upon what the “obstruction” consists of. If it consists of murdering the investigators, stealing their papers, then, yes, it should be a crime (I’m assuming that the criminal investigation is being conducted by private police. If government police, then the answer to this question becomes more complicated). If obstruction consists of “taking the fifth” refusing to cooperate with the investigators, then it shouldn’t be a crime. Murray Rothbard always used to say, just like his fictional counterpart Rumpole (hey, the two even resemble each other physically; both are heroes of mine), that you’re innocent until proven guilty. That means, no one should be able to compel you to do anything, any more than any other innocent person

Best regards,

Walter

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8:13 am on July 30, 2019