NEW: The Epidemic of Prosecutorial Abuse -- Interview with Raj Rajaratnam

Rajaratnam's important new book, "Uneven Justice," spends some time on his own case, but mostly as a window to understand the virtually limitless power of federal prosecutors:…
For years, the cause of criminal justice reform and curbing prosecutorial abuse resided on the libertarian right and left. Now the pro-Trump right has seen how pervasive and dangerous such abuses are: @PreetBharara, @Comey, Russiagate fraud, Carter Page.…
So much of my reporting over the last decade has been about prosecutorial abuse: the 2011 book I wrote (With Liberty and Justice for Some) and our 2020 year-long Brazil exposés (which revealed corruption by judges and prosecutors).

No humans can be trusted with unchecked power.
Rajaratnam may not be the most sympathetic messenger. But sometimes it takes personal experience with injustices to viscerally understand how they work. Federal prosecutors are out of control and he has a lot to say about the dangers and how to reform it.…

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