Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:
Elizabeth Warren wants to destroy centuries of legal standards
To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.
Criminal convictions depend on the accused being guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Civil convictions depend only on a preponderance of evidence pointing to guilt.
But Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill last week to apply criminal penalties to corporate executives found civilly liable for company misconduct.
And these criminal penalties would apply regardless of intent. Failure to stop a crime would be considered a crime itself, whether you knew about it or not.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is speaking out against the proposed law, calling it a dangerous attempt to abandon "core principles of criminal law that have been part of the Anglo-American legal tradition for centuries."
As a former Harvard Law Professor, Warren must understand the implications of this bill. And that makes her a very scary candidate to occupy the oval office.
But what else would we expect from this crop of rising Bolsheviks? Revolutions can't abide by stale old ideas like rule of law.