"Deftly exploring the impracticalities and seemingly inane
concepts which restrict our citizens and fill our penitentiaries,
Trapped is very strongly recommended reading for anyone
with an interest in business ethics, white collar crime, and their
impact in a highly competitive marketplace."
-Midwest Book Review
"Did you know that in many ways the terrorists detained at
Guantanamo Bay have more rights than corporate CEOs and their
employees? If you want to know more, get John Hasnas's book!"
-Mark Levin, author, Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is
"Ethical behavior is critical in business. John Hasnas shows that
new laws and regulations too often force CEOs to choose between
acting legally and acting ethically. This is a book for business
people, policymakers, and everyone who has a stake in successful
and ethical business enterprises."
-John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market
"Most Americans think that they receive ample protections against
unwise or excessive criminal prosecution. But they had better think
again. John Hasnas's quiet dissection of the manifold laws dealing
with such arcane subjects as money laundering, mail fraud,
racketeering, and obstruction of justice shows how people who are
innocent of any primary offense are all too often caught in a
complex web of federal law dealing with white-collar crime as they
go about their ordinary business. Granted, argues Hasnas,
white-collar crime is harder to prosecute than street crime. But he
convincingly shows that an aggressive Congress and compliant courts
have tilted the balance too much in favor of criminal prosecution.
We should all be troubled by the prosecutorial histories of Arthur
Andersen and Martha Stewart, among others."
-Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service
Professor of Law, University of Chicago
"Mr. Hasnas does a good job of explaining the current state of
criminal law for corporations, which have no Fifth Amendment right
against self-incrimination, as well as Justice Department policies
that offer leniency only to companies that cooperate by turning in
-Floyd Norris, the New York Times
"Hasnas demonstrates very effectively that lawmakers and judges
have placed corporate executives in an untenable position.
Trampling on the traditional elements of criminal law may make it
easier to prosecute alleged deceptive corporate behavior, but it
also makes business an endeavor that may result in personal
financial loss and imprisonment, despite one's best efforts at
compliance with the law.
Trapped makes a persuasive case for the need to return to our
former, more traditional principles of criminal law. On the present
course, we face the prospect that only the foolhardy and unethical
will be willing to enter the world of business, while competent and
qualified individuals will justifiably steer clear."
-Erica Little, Townhall.com