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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Charging the Gates (down the highway of Good Intentions)

Indiana attorney Joshua Claybourn (along with Reason's Jacob Sullum) make an excellent point about the Henry Louis Gates affair: it's not about race or abuse of power per se, but the dangers inherent in badly-written law.

Gates conducted himself like a total buffoon, but acting like an ass on one's own property should not be a crime. I don't think Crowley was a racist or a fascist or anything of the sort; I think he was a regular cop trying to do his job and interpret a badly-conceived and poorly-written law to the best of his ability. That's what is really chilling about this story...