GAO’s Chris Horner joined Watts Up With That’s Anthony Watts on a Heartland Institute podcast on where we are now on the current spate of state attorneys general abuses in coordination with tort lawyers and major donors to do that against which Justice Jackson strongly warned, and we now see clearly predicted drawing on knowledge of past abuses:
“In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies.
It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime be comes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself. In times of fear or hysteria political, racial, religious, social and economic groups, often from the best of motives, cry for the scalps of individuals or groups because they do not like their views.”