Trickle-down lawlessness

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

“CRIME IS CONTAGIOUS. If the Government becomes a
lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites
every man to become a law unto himself; it invites
anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the
criminal law the end justifies the means – to declare
that the Government may commit crimes in order to
secure the conviction of a private criminal – would
bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious
doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face.”

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in
Olmstead v. U.S.
, 277 U.S. 438, 473 (1928)

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