I recently did a post about three “quirky” federal crimes I sometimes can use when trying to negotiate a “deal” for my clients facing a criminal case in federal court, often in Atlanta but many times in other parts of the country. While these three are real crimes and sometimes are used to resolve a case, there are other federal crimes that are, to be blunt, stupid.
Some of these laws are found in the US Code. Others are based on regulations issued by various federal department. When combined with prosecutors who are rarely restrained by the courts, these laws may sound funny but actually represent potential dangers to all of us. Continue reading