John S. Baker, Ph.D., J.D., a former DA who has argued before the US Supreme Court, spoke with Western State University College of Law (on behalf of YAL and FedSoc) about the over-criminalization of federal law
During his speech, Mr. Baker claimed that half of statutory federal crimes have come about in the last 40 years of our history. He emphasized that there is a major problem affecting separation of powers since the police power is supposed to be reserved to the states but now 200+ federal agencies are involved in policing our citizens.
Baker also mentioned the alarming trend of federal criminal laws being much more vague than their state counterparts. It was a very good speech and it was followed by an informative Q&A session.
Here is a video
where he discusses these topics (though it was not recorded at our school).