A most unlikely collection of suspects — law schools, their deans, U.S. News & World Report and its employees — may have committed felonies by publishing false information as part of U.S. News’ ranking of law schools. The possible federal felonies include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, and making false statements. Employees of law schools and U.S. News who committed these crimes can be punished as individuals, and under federal law the schools and U.S. News would likely be criminally liable for their agents’ crimes.
I’ve always been amazed that so many law professors teach Federal Criminal Law without the slightest regard to the insanity of its reach, when it has been abundantly obvious for ages that said federal criminal law gives any enterprising prosecutor the tools to shut down virtually any law school in the country. (Similarly, other law professors teach Mass Tort Litigation to a bunch of students who could easily amass a class action against their institution based upon fraudulent after-graduation hiring-data alone).