Strange Brouhaha

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Do I Really Need To Say Anything?

If a student can be arrested for writing a story, this country is in worse shape than I thought. Go. Read the link. I shudder to think what would happen to us if we were going to high school now. I never wrote about zombies, man, I had Mick:Defender taking on people by name, spewing cleansing fire from the SQ MagnaFlame Gun.

You know what the worst thing is? HIS OWN GRANDPARENTS TURNED HIM IN.


  • Un.Be.Lievable. Unbelievable. Hello, zombies aren't even real. Shouldn't that clue people in? And plus, by the standards they're describing, everyone on all the "Law and Order" shows should be arrested.

    By Blogger Savannah, at 7:30 AM  

  • Read the story again. Check this out: "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky," according to the detective assigned to the case.


    "Carrie," by Stephen King.

    The Harry Potter books. (Hey, people are seriously trying to kill Harry.)

    "Kindergarten Cop," the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

    The rest of the list is left as an exercise for the reader.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 AM  

  • (Ham) Can a state legislate what constitutes a felony within its own borders? Isn't a felony a federal crime and up to only the federal government, therefore, to legislate?

    I'm no lawyer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:54 AM  

  • (Josh)
    Ham, no. The distinction between a felony and a misdemeanor is the seriousness (is that a word?) of the offense, and it's set by the legislature for a particular jurisdiction.

    From what I recall from my criminal law classes many, many years ago, the key distinction between what is a federal crime versus what is a state crime is whether there is an interstate element or impact to the offense. Something happening entirely within one state, that doesn't have a broader impact, is generally going to be a state crime. That's why you hear so much about transporting people or things across state lines in what are federal cases. The other big ones would be crimes against federal institutions or persons (e.g., shooting a park ranger).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:59 PM  

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