Book Review: Constitutional Chaos

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I often use this blog to voice my opinions on the current state of the judiciary and how I approve and (mostly) disapprove of its actions. A great book that reflects almost to the tee my opinions on judicial activism and interpretation is Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When The Government Breaks Its Own Laws by Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at Fox News.

Napolitano, a self-described individualist, cites several examples of government wrong-doing and how the courts have been so willing to follow along. Neither a liberal nor conservative, Napolitano criticizes judges and politicians on all ends of the political ideology spectrum when they mess up.

Should law enforcement agents be able to impersonate terrorists and underage children on the Internet to elicit criminal activity?

Should prosecutors be able to offer witnesses reduced sentences for agreeing to testify against other defendants?

Should President Bush be allowed to hold terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay indefinitely without charging them with a crime?

I highly recommend Constitutional Chaos. You can read my full review here.