Criminal Justice

Criminalizing America: System Error

Watch this entrepreneur explain how he was targeted and raided by the federal government for breaking a law, despite language in the law that explicitly said he was acting legally.
 

Bradford Councilman had a business, Interloc, Inc., that utilized an internet database for customers to upload their inventory of rare and out-of-print books while other customers could search the database for books they could not find elsewhere.

One day, armed federal agents burst into Councilman’s office and forced him to wait while they searched the premises. The government charged him with creating a separate copy of an email every time he made a purchase, despite the law saying that, as an internet service provider, he was allowed to do so. After six years of appeals, Councilman was finally acquitted of his charges, but significant damage to his life had already been done.


In Depth: Criminal Justice

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