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The New York Times is reporting on a new alliance forming against the Justice Department and criminalization over all in our country. That alliance is the right and left.
Generally the right has always supported the aggressive position of the federal government when it comes to prosecuting crimes, but given numerous cases heading to the Supreme Court over the next few months that involve drugs, corruption and sex, the right is starting to view the government as overreaching their bounds.
So how strong is this alliance becoming? Well Edwin Meese, the Attorney General under Reagan, once called the ACLU the criminal “lobby”. Today he is willing to join forces with the ACLU to stop this abundance of prosecutions. That is an alliance most of us thought we would never see.
Even more interesting is the groups that are joining together. The article points out that groups like the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, Federalist Society and the ACLU are all joining forces to fight this onslaught of overcriminalization.