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    “Help Make It Stop”: Victims Testify About How Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

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    Small Business Caught in Big Government’s Net

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    Gibson Guitars: Forgotten Scandal?

    Almost two years after Gibson Guitars was raided for violating an obscure law, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R–TN) is demanding a full explanation: The recent scandals surrounding this administration raise a number of questions about who they choose to target and why. The arrogance and lack of transparency displayed by this … More

    INTERVIEW: Heritage's Robert Alt on Overcriminalization

    Robert Alt is director of the Rule of Law Programs and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He sat down with us to discuss Heritage’s Overcriminalization project. Q: How long have you been working on the Overcriminalization project? A: Five years. Overcriminalization was … More

    DOJ Bullies Gibson into Submission: Will Congress Allow This to Happen Again?

    The Heritage Foundation has been writing about the problems that Gibson Guitar has faced for a long while now. Sadly, Gibson has bowed out of the fight due to bullying by Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors. Gibson has been strong-armed into paying a $300,000 fine and a $50,000 community service … More

    Gibson Guitar: Settling Away Bad Publicity

    It’s another August in Washington. It’s hot and humid. Most people not already at the beach are indoors watching the Olympics or in the water at a pool. The Redskins have started their preseason camp. The Nationals are in first place. The political parties’ conventions are weeks away, school even … More

    Members of Congress Work to Rein In Overcriminalization in America

    What do a legendary guitar maker and a lobster importer have in common? Both are alleged to have run afoul of the Lacey Act, one of the most egregious, overcriminalized statutes on the books. Now some Members of Congress are working to inject some much-needed fairness into the justice system. … More

    New Crime, More Time: Are You A Foreign Outlaw?

    As part of an ongoing series, Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies identifies a “Bill of the Week” which impacts overcriminalization in America. Not every Bill of the Week represents an unwise policy judgment.  This week we celebrate a bill entitled “The Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act … More

    VIDEO: Months After Federal Raid, Gibson Guitar Still Faces No Charges

    Armed federal agents raided Gibson Guitar’s Nashville headquarters in August, creating a national outcry over the high-profile persecution. But today, six months after the raid, the Department of Justice has yet to file any charges against the company. Why did the government go after Gibson? A new video from Reason.tv … More

    Have You Been Negatively Affected by Regulatory Overreach? Tell Us About It

    Stories are powerful. They help us relate to other individuals and communicate complex issues. They are an essential ingredient to making policy change in Washington. That’s why we’re asking for your help. The Heritage Foundation is seeking examples of individuals, entrepreneurs and business owners who have been negatively affected by … More