Act I - Automatic immunity: Government and its agents can and frequently do break their own laws with impunity and without prosecution or other judicial consequence.
Act II - Automatic guilt: Citizens are expected to obey the law . . . each and every law . . . all the time. Not having knowledge of a law does not excuse one from responsibility to obey it. The law may be buried in an obscure 2000-page tome that no one has actually ever read through. It does not matter. Ofttimes then we are in the unenviable position where, to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, we have to break the law to find out it exists.