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harv.jpgIn "Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent," celebrated civil libertarian Harvey Silverglate argues that prosecutors pin arguable federal crimes on ordinary folks all the time. Silverglate, whose clients have included Louise Woodward, Michael Milken, and Bernard Baran, talked about his new book the other night at the John Adams Courthouse, and in the audience were attorney Ronald Kehoe and Thomas Shapiro, James McHugh, associate justice of the Appeals Court, Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Silverglate's spouse, photographer Elsa Dorfman.

Harvwy dropped us a note afterward that included this detail: "It was a beautiful day all day – until, that is, 20 minutes before the 5 p.m. event was scheduled to begin. Suddenly, just as Elsa and I and my two research assistants - Kyle Smeallie and Maria Romero - were climbing the steps of the magnificent John Adams Courthouse, the sky darkened, and a vicious thunderstorm burst onto the scene, with lightning, thunder, and very heavy rain. It continued to rain until about 15 minutes into my speech, and then it was beautiful again. I opened my speech by noting this very odd meteorological event, and I wondered out loud whether the Department of Justice’s clout extended to Whoever is in charge of the weather. Hmmmm."  

 

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