Shouldn't Intent Be A Part Of Criminal Law?
from the how-many-felonies-have-you-committed-today? dept
Indeed, the WSJ just had an opinion piece all about the how modern technology has made accidental criminals out of all of us, based on the new book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. As you can probably guess, the thesis of the book is that modern technology, combined with an increasingly confusing, misunderstood or just downright ridiculous set of laws, means that everyone is committing felonies all the time, entirely without meaning to do so. In the opinion piece, it's argued that we really need to bring back the "intent to commit a crime" requirement, as it would put an end to a lot of these arrests. It makes a lot of sense, which is why it'll probably never happen.