Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tends to Metastasize

The Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, is presently using securities law
to do an end run around the First Amendment and sue Exxon for not holding the same views on
climate change as the more pliable oil companies have been forced to adopt in public.
Recently, a group of scientists mainly from George Mason University wrote to the
President to demand that climate dissenters be prosecuted under the RICO laws. RICO, as you
know, is supposed to be used against racketeers and mobsters and, granted the unfortunate
tendency of sloppily drawn federal laws to metastasize under opportunist US Attorneys, one
marvels nevertheless that such an absurd and ideological expansion of this legislation could ever
be seriously entertained.

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