Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Too Much Power with Laws in Shambles

Breaking News...The Rove Republican Racket received a stinging rebuke today by former U.S Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (pictured), a Republican who called into question the stretching of laws and the demand to criminalize all wrongful behavior by businesses.

Thornburgh said that the civil liberties of businesses were being trampled on by federal prosecutors who have too much power with loosely interpreted laws. Main Justice reports:

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said Wednesday that overreaching prosecutorial methods and the rapid expansion of criminal laws are threatening the civil liberties of U.S. businesses.“The present criminal laws, in my view, are in a shambles,” Thornburgh told a news conference at the Washington Legal Foundation. “It’s compounded by the wide latitude given to prosecutors.”

Thornburgh, who served as Attorney General from 1988-91 under both presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush....said that the shadow of the financial crisis had made efforts to protect businesses’ civil rights a difficult proposition.“This is not a particularly good season for businesses to be seeking relief from criminal prosecution,” he said. “But that’s not what this effort is about, it’s on the periphery, dealing with things that should not be treated as crimes. Corrupt businesses deserve to have the book thrown at them, but that’s not what this is about. It’s a nuanced point, but one that we need to make.”