Since I have been generally favorable toward the victims of “honest services” prosecutions, and cheered by the Supreme Court’s finding that the law was overbroad, I feel that I ought to say a word or two about the column Conrad Black has penned following his release on bail
. I understand that it must be shattering for an ordinary person to be thrust into prison. Personally, I was prepared to commit suicide rather than suffer that fate (story for another day). I can understand, too, an inclination to evaluate more favorably the class of people one suddenly finds oneself thrust among. Indeed, many people have argued for conscription in the hopes of fostering just such a sympathetic outlook toward the lower classes. But sympathy does not guarantee credibility. So when Conrad Black says: “American justice . . . does convict many people, who, like me, would never dream of committing a crime in a thousand years," I dissent. That many people in prison have committed “victimless” drug crimes, I admit. That many people in prison are innocent of the specific crime for which they have been sentenced, I admit as well. But that “many” convicts “would never dream of committing a crime in a thousand years” I do not believe. And of the few convicts who actually “would never dream of committing a crime,” I suspect, the largest proportion comprises those leading businessman to whose innocence this Web site is dedicated.