Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
A person with a felony CAN still vote, though the process for voting reinstatement varies widely from state to state ncsl.org/research/electio…
On April Fools, 2 radio DJs from Florida told their listeners that "dihydrogen monoxide", which is an alternative chemical name for water, was coming out of the taps. Their remark results in suspension and possible felony charges. theatlantic.com/culture/a…
In 1978, a man was sentenced to life in prison for forging an $88 check because he refused to accept a plea deal and had previously been convicted of two felonies. The Supreme Court upheld the decision. caselaw.findlaw.com/us-su…
US rapper Jay-Z stabbed record producer Lance Riviera in a Berlin nightclub in 1999 and was sentenced to 3 years' probation for second-degree felony assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In most states, even defendants who are found not guilty are billed for the time and services of their public defenders. It is illegal to send someone to prison on a felony charge so in many cases it’s not available to refuse council. theguardian.com/commentis…
Polygamy is strictly illegal in the US, meaning even if you mistakenly believe your spouse is dead or your divorce is final, marrying another person is a felony punishable with a 5 year prison sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
A substitute teacher in Ohio was convicted of four felony counts and sentenced to 90 days in jail along with 3 years of probation, for showing a high school Spanish class the 2012 horror film β€œThe ABCs of Death”. theguardian.com/film/2015…
When William Langer, Governor of North Dakota, was convicted of a felony and ordered to be removed from office, he chose instead to declare North Dakota independent, declare martial law, and barricade himself within the Governor's mansion. Two years later, he was re-elected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Temar Boggs, the 15 year that saved a 5 year old from being kidnapped by chasing the car on his bike in 2013, is in jail for pleading guilty to felony armed robbery three years later. lancasteronline.com/news/…
In Florida, using a two-way communication device (phone, radio) while committing a felony or misdemeanor, creates an additional felony or misdemeanor charge of "Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communications Device" richardhornsby.com/crimes…
It is a felony to kill a Sasquach in Washington en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
On October 2, 1978, Tim Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned that in the US all men between the ages of 18 and 25, must register for selective service (Formely the draft), failing to so may result in fines up to $250k, and up to 5 years of prison (felony), and may have impact on future rights, voting, grants etc. It has never applied to Women. usa.gov/selective-service
Today I learned about the felony murder rule, which means that if there is a death during a crime (either of the criminal or a bystander), then all of those who are complicit in the crime (even if they did not intend to commit murder) can be charged with first-degree murder. (the crime must be a felony) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fel…
In only three U.S. states is it a felony offense to maim or fatally injure a biker or pedestrian if you are behind the wheel of a car while not under the influence. In nearly every state, getting police or the courts to prosecute a negligent driver for harming a cyclist is a serious challenge. nextcity.org/features/vie…
Target has 2 U.S. based forensic labs where they solve retail crimes, felonies, homicides, and special circumstances cases for law bureaus that need the extra manpower, facilities, resources and time – free of charge. corporate.target.com/arti…
In Michigan and elsewhere you can have consensual sex with an adult woman and be unknowingly committing a felony if she's married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adu…
An NCAA football coach was fired after a co worker found porngraphic videos of children on his cell phone. He fought the charges vigorously after being charged with 2 felonies. He was finally reinstated after 18 months after it was revealed it was his kids taking a bath. usatoday.com/story/sports…
In the state of Massachusetts it's a felony to publicly carry a Kusari-Fundo, a feudal Japanese chain and weight weapon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kus…
The University of Washington at Seattle asks all prospective undergraduates whether they’ve ever been convicted of a violent felony or registered as a sex offender. It started after the university notified everyone that two men convicted of sex crimes against children were taking classes there chronicle.com/article/Do-…
In many states a military dishonorable discharge is deemed the equivalent of a felony conviction, with attendant loss of civil rights including not being allowed to own or possess a firearm. law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…
Not only was Samuel L. Jackson an usher at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968, but the next year as part of a college protest, he held Martin Luther King Sr. hostage. He was expelled and charged with a felony. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
In Texas, you can be charged with a felony for promoting the use of or owning more than six dildos at a time. statutes.capitol.texas.go…
Almost 6 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of a felony conviction. Florida, Kentucky and Virginia impose a lifelong denial of the right to vote to all citizens with a felony record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vot…
Canada has no statute of limitations for prosecuting indictable crimes (serious crimes, analogous to felonies in the US) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Threatening the President of the United States is a class E felony under United States CodeTitle 18, Section 871. The offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 maximum fine, a $100 special assessment, and 3 years of supervised release and some internet restrictions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Target has a top rated forensic lab in Las Vegas and Minneapolis used to solve retail crimes committed at Target stores. They also tackle felony, homicide and special circumstances cases for law bureaus that need the extra manpower, facilities, resources and time free of charge. corporate.target.com/arti…
"mayhem" is a crime consisting of the intentional maiming of another person, and is a felony in the US. It was originally defined as the intentional and wanton removal of a body part that would handicap a person's ability to defend themselves in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Since 2014 it has been a felony in North Carolina to steal a Venus Fly Trap due to the vulnerable nature of the species wect.com/story/26320766/s…
Pentecostal snake handling was made a felony punishable by death under Georgia law between 1941-1968. The law was passed following the death of a seven-year-old girl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sna…
Convicted of a felony in 1934; the Governor of North Dakota barricaded himself in the Governor's Mansion, declared Martial Law, and declared North Dakota an Independent State inforum.com/community/his…
In the United States a private person can make an arrest, including through use of force, for felonies, misdemeanors, and breaches of peace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
California Penal Codes 837, 839, and 844 allow citizens to round up a posse Wild Wild West style and kick in the front door of someone's house to arrest them for committing a felony, whether or not a police officer is present for the arrest. leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di…
Today I learned that an 8th grader was accused of a felony for trying to use a $2 bill. washingtontimes.com/news/…
A man in California was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stealing a slice of pizza due to a previous felony record and three-strikes laws sfgate.com/news/article/S…
If you have been convicted of a felony, you permanently lose your right to vote in Florida, Virginia and Iowa. ncsl.org/research/electio…
In 2009, before specific whistleblower protection laws, two nurses in TX were fired and charged with unrelated felonies after reporting unsafe medical care from a physician they worked under en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The Sherman Anti-Trust Act makes it a felony for entities to conspire in the restraint of trade or commerce and makes it a felony to monopolize trade or commerce. economics.fundamentalfina…
Today I learned of Tri-State Crematory in Noble, Georgia. In Feb. 2002, FBI investigators found more than 300 decomposing bodies on the crematory property, leading to owner Brent Marsh's arrest on 787 felony charges for failure to cremate/properly dispose the remains. timesfreepress.com/news/l…
Samuel L. Jackson was suspended for two years from Morehouse College and convicted of a second-degree felony when he and several other students held members of the college board of trustees hostage in exchange for school reform. news.moviefone.com/2014/0…
In 2009 an obese Houston Texas man, who was a felony suspect, was able to hide a pistol so well in the flabs of his skin that it wasn't found by multiple searches from police and other authorities. It was only after he confessed to a guard that the gun was confiscated chron.com/news/houston-te…
The β€œfelony lane” is the nickname given to the drive-thru lane at the bank that is farthest away from cameras and bank tellers. It got the name because it’s easier to pass false identities off in that lane. abc2news.com/news/in-focu…
A person who takes a sexually explicit photo of someone under age 18, even if it's a self-portrait, can be charged with producing child pornography, a felony with a prison sentence of up to 20 years mlive.com/news/jackson/in…
What it looks like when you point a laser pointer at an aircraft and the light hits the cockpit - now i see why it's a felony pangolin.com/faa/laser-ai…
In 2010, a Colorado money manager maimed a cyclist in a hit-and-run. He escaped felony charges by arguing that the smell of his new Mercedes-Benz had aggravated his sleep apnea, which briefly knocked him out. denverpost.com/search/ci_…
It's still a felony in the UK to advocate republicanism theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Sitting on a sea turtle is a third degree felony in the US. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Samuel L. Jackson once held Martin Luther King. SR hostage at Morehouse College. He was convicted of felony Unlawful Confinement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In the state of IL you aren't charged with a felony of a stolen vehicle if you "don't know" the vehicle is/was stolen ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs…
Today I learned about Matt's Law which is a California law that allows for felony prosecutions when serious injuries or deaths result from hazing rites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
It's a felony to own six or more dildos in Texas. Penal Code 43.21(a)(7), 43.23(a) and 43.23(f) statutes.legis.state.tx.u…
10% of the possible voters in Florida are disenfranchised. They cannot vote because they committed a felony. felonvoting.procon.org/vi…
Sneaking into Mexico illegally, or immigrating there with a mental illness or if you're poor, are felonies, punishable by two years in prison washingtontimes.com/news/…
Flying the Puerto Rican flag was considered a felony from 1898 until 1957 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In Tennessee a single felony drug conviction results in a lifetime ban from receiving food stamps. However, a person must defraud the food stamp program three times before they are banned for life and other felonies, such as murder, do not result in a lifetime ban from the program. tn.gov/humanserv/adfam/fs…
Reuse of a stamp is a felony in the US law.cornell.edu/uscode/te…
This Year Chumlee from the TV Show Pawn Stars Was Charged With 20 Felony Counts And Convicted of 3 After a Police Raid on His House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
It's a felony to ride/sit on sea turtles in Florida usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1980, the Supreme Court upheld Texas' "three-strikes" statute in a case involving a refusal to repay $120.75 paid for shoddy A/C repair where the defendant had two prior felony convictions (the total amount involved from all three felonies was around $230). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
In Oklahoma, those suspected of committing a felony that results in a death (Ex. Getaway driver for a burglary gone wrong) can face murder charges even if they did not kill anyone oscn.net/applications/OCI…
The expression, "Being read the Riot Act" is from a bill that was passed by British parliament in 1714. An officer had to read aloud a passage to enforce it and said groups of 12 or more people causing civil unrest had to disperse within an hour or it was a felony with a punishment of death. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The LAPD have the largest police helicopter fleet in the US and that helicopters assist in 1 of 7 felony arrests in the city la.curbed.com/2013/5/23/1…
Mark Wahlberg wants pardon on felony assault conviction so he can be a cop nydailynews.com/entertain…
More than 95% of all felony convictions in the US are the result of plea bargains. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Today I learned of Ken McElroy, a man who was accused of dozens of felonies, including assault, child molestation, statutory rape, and arson. Indicted 21 times, he escaped conviction 20 times. He was shot to death in broad daylight in front of a crowd of over forty people; to date, no one has ever been charged en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Bridgeport, CT Mayor Joe Ganim was convicted on felony corruption charges. After serving time in Federal Prison, Ganim once again ran for Mayor of Bridgeport in 2015 and won. The FBI Agent responsible for putting him in prison in 2003 worked on his 2015 campaign staff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In the state of Washington, it is a felony to kill a Sasquach en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
A radio DJ, on April Fools day, told listeners that "Dihydrogen monoxide" was coming out of the taps. Enough people freaked out at this mysterious chemical that the Dj almost faced felony charges. techdirt.com/articles/201…
A student was charged with an up to 5 years felony for using Yik Yak anonymous chat app to encourage another student's lynching seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Ryan Reynolds was kicked out of school for stealing a car. He and his friends picked it up and moved it down the street, but in Canada, it's a felony theft if the vehicle is moved 10 or more feet digitalspy.com/showbiz/ne…
A sociologist conducted an experiment showing that white job applicants were more than twice as likely to receive a callback compared to equally qualified black applicants. In addition, whites with a felony conviction did equally or better than a black applicant with a clean background ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/…
Carrying around a bag lined with aluminum foil is a felony in most U.S. states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
In 1970s, the New York City subway was the most dangerous subway system in the world. It averaged 250 felonies a week. all-that-is-interesting.c…
Adultery is still a criminal offense in 21 states, and considered a felony in 5 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adu…
A California dentist, Dr. Mark Anderson, was accused in 2007 of fondling the breasts of twenty-seven patients. Although he claimed that these β€œchest massages” were an effective treatment for TMJ, Anderson was later convicted of eleven counts of felony sexual battery. abclocal.go.com/ktrk/stor…
Nearly Six Million Americans are Barred From Voting Due to Felony Disenfranchisement Laws sentencingproject.org/doc…
All males in the US must register for the Selective Service System (which means that they can be subject to military conscription), or risk being charged with felony punishable by 5 years and prison and a fine up to $250,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 2010 an estimated 5.85 million people in the United States (2.5% of the nation's voting age population, excluding DC) could not vote due to a felony conviction. felonvoting.procon.org/vi…
In Mississippi it is considered a felony offence to dine and dash on bills exceeding just $25.00 wikipedia.org/wiki/Dine_a…
Pointing laser beams at airplanes is a US felony that can get convicts to be sentenced for up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Even a relatively weak 1 milliwatt laser beam can cause a distraction for pilots laserpointersafety.com/la…
In some states in the US infidelity is a felony. legislature.idaho.gov/ids…
The Chicago City Hall Board of Ethics didn't find a single case of wrongdoing in 25 years, during which over 20 aldermen were convicted of felonies. articles.chicagotribune.c…
I (and possibly you) am not allowed to enter Canada due to a non-felony DUI commited in the USA. cic.gc.ca/english/informa…
Tim Allen snitched on several drug dealers in order to avoid a a potential life sentence for felony drug charges mandatory.com/2015/05/04/…
It was a felony to own more than 5 dildos in Texas up until 2008 randazza.wordpress.com/20…
The actor who played "Random Task" in Austin Powers has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for felony torture. latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
In over 14 states Zoophilia, sex with animals, is not considered a felony including Alabama, Hawaii, and Texas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
A Florida crime lab supervisor was charged with 22 felonies including drug trafficking and a majority of forensic lab scandals occur in accredited labs businessinsider.com/foren…
In Turkey, it's a felony to insult the Turkish government or any official serving in the Turkish government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
While attending the University of Florida, Cam Newton was arrested on felony charges of burglary, larceny, and obstruction of justice on an accusation that he stole a laptop computer from another student and was also found with three instances of academic dishonesty before transferring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
It's against the law (Class 1 Felony) in Wisconsin to post a picture of your marked ballot online. huffingtonpost.com/2014/1…
There is a 13 year old with 128 felony charges youtube.com/watch?v=M_don…
Adultery is a felony in Massachusetts, Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, & Wisconsin bostonglobe.com/news/nati…
During the 1940s in Oklahoma, if a person was convicted of a felony more than once they'd be vasectomized (rendered "sexually sterile") law.cornell.edu/supremeco…
If Randy Quaid re-enters the USA, he will be arrested and prosecuted for felony burglary charges dating back to 2010. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
It is a felony to dine and dash in Mississippi if the meal is over $25 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Adultery is a felony in Michigan (punishable by a maximum of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine) businessinsider.com/stran…
There is a 50 square mile section of Idaho where one could commit a felony and not be prosecuted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In many states a dishonorable discharge is deemed the equivalent of a felony conviction, with attendant loss of civil rights (including prohibition of ownership of a firearm). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…

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