The governor’s fateful feather

“Andrew Cuomo, who illegally collected an eagle feather, shouldn’t be punished for accidentally breaking the law, and neither should anyone else.” [Jacob Sullum, Reason; earlier on the legal pitfalls of found or traded eagle feathers here, here, etc.]

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  • Of course, if he were to be prosecuted, it would be poetic justice, given his weaponization of the regulatory process.

    I was appalled by the John Edwards prosecution for campaign finance violations. But then I remembered how Edwards abused the court system to ruin the careers of doctors who had done nothing wrong. And then I only just thought that the criminal charges were bogus.

  • As the Reason article notes, he is fine with doing unto others over inadvertent or trivial offenses. The best way to correct a bad law or legal principle is to vigorously enforce it against its proponents.