A parole officer believes that Mr. Scott has violated a condition of his parole that he not own or possess any weapons. Officers arrest him, get his keys, and go to his house where he lives with his parents. Though the mother refuses to allow a search of their home, officers inform her they would search Mr. Scott’s bedroom without warrant or her consent. Upon finding no parole violations they proceed to search the rest of the home. They find unloaded guns belonging to Mr. Scott’s stepfather and put him back in jail. The search was illegal and in violation of the 4th amendment, but the Supreme Court stood behind the officers and trampled the Constitution.
An innocent man spends thirty years behind bars. He was arrested, charged, and prosecuted despite the fact that the government knew he was not guilty.
Police suspect someone driving down the highway is in possession of illegal drugs, but do not have a lawful basis for pulling them over. They pull the driver over anyway and crack his tail light to cover up their mischief.
A father purchases a gun legally and was in the process of registering it. A burglar intrudes into his home and enters his young son’s room. The father shoots him and saves his son. But the government arrests him for illegally possessing a handgun and threatens him with a year in jail for exercising his right of self defense.
Sadly these are just a few of many cases in which the government violates its own laws and the individual rights that we thought were secure. Judge Andrew Napolitano’s first book, Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, meticulously details how the government silences, disarms, entraps, steals, lies, and denies is way through our so-called criminal justice system.
Most people know of some of the government’s abuses but this book will be a real eye-opener for the average American. Cases are presented fairly, in a non-partisan manner, with actions of both Democrats and Republicans weighed against the Constitution and natural law.
Constitutional Chaos is an easy to read book; I finished its 234 pages in one weekend. Besides detailing how the government has been breaking its own laws, the Judge defines natural law and positivism and includes the text of the Constitution at the end of the book. Some of his commentary is scattered through the book but those looking for an emphasis on solutions might be slightly disappointed. This book will primarily serve as solid introduction on how the government breaks the law on nearly every front imaginable. Getting the public aware of this is an vital task, which Constitutional Chaos does quite well. It’s a great book and I recommend it.
About the Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano was a former New Jersey superior court judge, and taught constitutional law at two law schools. He presently serves as Fox News Channel’s senior judicial analyst and hosts Freedom Watch. He is the author of five books.