Engstrom recently delivered a talk to students and faculty at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina. The lecture focused on the relationship between overcriminalization and the administrative state.
SANFORD - "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." It's a pithy historical saying everyone has heard and an assumption that still governs the American legal system.
But Elliot Engstrom, a practicing attorney and Fellow in the Elon University School of Law, believes that excessively broad legal interpretations have made it impossible for people to know what's legal or not. One result is what he calls "overcriminalization" -- when government agencies turn relatively harmless violations into far more serious crimes.
He made his case in "Overcriminalization and the Administrative State," Engstrom's presentation on March 29 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. The event was part of Central Carolina Community College's Liberty Lecture Series, free public talks highlighting ideas that expand freedom, liberty, and well-being for mankind.