June 3, 2015

CONOR FRIEDERSDORF: Why Is It a Crime to Evade Government Scrutiny? Prosecutors may suspect Dennis Hastert of serious misconduct, but charging him with trying to avoid surveillance risks criminalizing harmless behavior. Yeah, that’s not so much a “risk” as a deliberate intention. But say, why not make it a crime for government officials to evade public scrutiny? Yeah, I know, that’s crazy talk. . . .

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