Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
September 24, 2002
LAW: Campaign Finance Complexity

Speaking of campaign finance laws, Clinton-era figure Maria Hsia is asking the US Supreme Court to throw out her false statement conviction on the grounds that she didn't know the campaign finance laws she was accused of violating. The Solicitor General's office says that they don't have to prove that and the Court shouldn't take the case. The Court's docket sheet says the petition will be reviewed (to see if the Court takes it) at the end of September. Granted that the statute at issue isn't the only way to skin this prosecutorial cat, such a requirement, if adopted, would underline the enforcement problem with having insanely complicated laws in the first place. A simpler scheme would say, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . "

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