Criminal Codes as Ecosystems: The Curious Case of Misprision of a Felony

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6 Responses

  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    >>Though I’m still searching for the big-picture purposes of crimes such as acting or attempting to modify the weather without proper authorization (15 U.S.C. § 330a);…>>

    Surely you haven’t forgotten “Our Man Flint.” That was some SERIOUS crime going on there.

  2. anon says:

    It’s used a lot in border districts because it’s not a deportable offense.

  3. Kyle says:

    @anon: In response to your comment, I just ran a quick query on FY2007 data. Turns out that 18 U.S.C. 4 was the most serious terminating offense in cases in >60 judicial districts that year, but – apropos of your point – the district claiming the most such cases was the Western District of Texas.

  4. anon says:

    I would be interested to know the percentage of legal permanent residents or those without legal status to be here who are convicted of misprision. Is there anyway to answer that question?

  5. Kyle says:

    @anon: Not that I know of, at least not without laborious examination of individual case files, followed by additional inquiries.

  6. H W says:

    how is it that Pub. L 103-322 specifically amended misprision stating that fine not to exceed $500? How can sentencing guidelines supercede a statute since guidelines are just that, guidelines.