Last week, I noted the case of a people-search website that was accused of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it hadn't set out to do credit reporting in the first place.
That was a mere regulatory case with the FTC. But regulatory violations often boil over into criminal cases, and these too can take defendants by surprise. The more crimes there are, the harder it is to be sure you're not committing one.
Overcriminalization is not just a problem with federal law. In an op-ed published today, James R. Copland of the Manhattan Institute addresses some egregious points of New York law:
In some cases . . .
My blog post continues: http://www.atlassociety.org/brc/blog/2012/06/19/overcriminalization-ny-state-law