March 12, 2006
Indicting at the Top
Indictments of leaders and former leaders seems to be the "in thing" these days. Just look at some of the recent indictments here in the United States:
- Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell who was only convicted of tax charges despite an attempt by prosecutors to convict him on racketeering and bribery charges;
- The jury is out on Former Illinois Governor Ryan;
- Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards convicted on corruption charges;
- Then there is former Governor John Rowland;
- Duke Cunningham;
- And we certainly can't forget "Scooter" Libby.
And there are others. But this is not unique to the United States it seems. The Wall Street Jrl reports here that Italian prosecutors are seeking the indictment of Premier Silvio Berlusconi on corruption charges.
I guess it is good to know that this is not just a U.S. thing.
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It may not be just a U.S. thing to seek to indict the top guy on the totem pole, but it may well be a U.S. thing to be able to do so on the basis of statutes and regulations so vague and overly broad such that every leader,indeed millions of citizens, are exposed to being indicted, if not always convicted, for engaging in activity not thought, at the time, to be criminal.
HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE
CAMBRIDGE & BOSTON, MASS.
Posted by: Harvey A. Silverglate | Mar 12, 2006 11:38:59 AM