Criminal justice

(Walter Olson writings by topic)

For occasional commentaries and outside links on this subject, see my site, launched July 1999.


The Litigation Explosion contains an extended discussion comparing criminal law with the civil justice system (Chapter 15, "Naked To Mine Enemies") which is not online. The following pieces have made it online:

"Lost in the Wash" (money laundering law; bank "know-your-customer" rules), Reason, March 1999.

"How Employers Are Forced To Hire Murderers and Other Felons," Wall Street Journal, June 18, 1997.

"Debatable defenses from James Q. Wilson", review of "Moral Judgment: Does the Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System?" by James Q. Wilson, Baltimore Sun, May 18, 1997.

"New Trends in Highway Robbery", review of Accidentally, On Purpose by Ken Dornstein, Wall Street Journal, December 20, 1996.

"Is It Really an In-Justice System?", New York Post, September 30, 1996.

"Taking Aim at the Trial of the Century", review of Outrage by Vincent Bugliosi and Virtual Justice by H. Richard Uviller, Wall Street Journal, July 24, 1996.

"Judge Not...", review of Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal Justice by Harold Rothwax, Commentary, May 1996.

The New Chutzpah: Criminals Sue the City, City Journal, Winter 1994.

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