Criminal Justice

VIDEO: How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American

Listen to the stories of Bobby Unser, a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion who was charged with committing a crime in his fight to survive, and Mr. and Mrs. Denicore, a couple who fought back when facing charges for their children’s tardiness at school.


For Bobby Unser and his friend, a fun day of snowmobiling turned into a nightmare when a storm hit and they were forced to abandon their vehicles to wander the terrain in temperatures as low as negative 14 degrees Fahrenheit. After surviving and waking up in a hospital, Unser sought out the location of the snowmobiles and was consequently charged with unlawful possession of a motor vehicle within a National Forest Wilderness Area. According to prosecutors, they did not have to prove that Unser intended to break the law, and therefore Unser was found guilty even though he was unaware that he had been in a National Forest Wilderness Area.

Mr. and Mrs. Denicore also faced charges that did not require the government to prove they intended to break the law. Over a period of three months the Denicore children were late to school approximately 30 times, and only 11 of those tardies were later then 3 minutes. Mr. and Mrs. Denicore were brought up on charges of violating Virginia’s compulsory education law and faced three class 3 misdemeanors and fines of as much as $3,000. After months of legal battles, the charges were ultimately dropped.

In Depth: Criminal Justice

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