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Two New Crimes a Day

Posted By Conn Carroll On March 19, 2008 @ 11:14 am In First Principles | Comments Disabled

In the 1,528 days that Parliament was in session while Tony Blair was Prime Minister 3,203 new offenses were added to British law … roughly two new crimes every day. In a Heritage Foundation lecture [1] late last year Snaresbrook Crown Court Judge Inigo Bing listed just some of the effects of this over criminalization:

It undermines the authority of the law, it can be a facile and superficial response to deep-seated social problems, and it can be over-complex and susceptible to misinterpretation by judges. This last feature can undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.

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[1] lecture: http://www.heritage.org/Research/LegalIssues/hl1064.cfm

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