Ignorance of the law

Reason
by Radley Balko

08/02/10

At the federal level alone there are now more than 4,500 separate crimes …. As citizens, we’re expected to know and obey all of these laws, in addition to state and local statutes and the relevant court opinions that interpret the breadth and depth of all of those laws. But what happens when law enforcement officials don’t know the law? What happens when they illegally detain, arrest, and charge you even though you’ve done nothing wrong? Unlike you, their ignorance doesn’t result in arrest or jail. And unless the violation is pretty egregious, they’re unlikely to be punished for it...

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