Monday, January 24, 2011

"That’s one step below attempted murder."

A Chicago artist faces up to 15 years in prison -- for recording his arrest for selling art without a permit. The New York Times story is here. Howard Wasserman says the problem with laws like that "is that they allow government to eliminate the check on misconduct that comes from the public being able to watch/listen to Big Brother and use the recording to document and help prove misconduct." Mark Kleiman says "what seems to be missing here is prosecutorial discretion."