The Patriot Act and Crisis Legislation: The Unintended Consequences of Disaster Lawmaking

Author:Kyle Welch
Position::J.D. 2014, California Western School of Law, B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2011, The Ohio State University. He would like to thank the editors of Capital University Law Review for assisting in this endeavor and making publication of this monstrosity possible.

The fear inspired by disaster and tragedy has frequently produced overreactions at watershed moments in American history. This Article argues that these recurring spasms of fearful congressional overreaction should be properly labeled as “crisis legislation.” Most instances of crisis legislation pass unheeded, and any allusions to the phenomenon in discourse lack a universal term. In The Shock... (see full summary)

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