IANAL, I’ll defer to you.
Here’s a statue that was posted on other threads. Appreciate your opinion:
18 US Code Sect.4 - Misprison of Felony- Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
posted on 12/12/2008 5:38:02 PM PST
(Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
I just cracked my Federal Criminal Code and Rules, and, sure enough, your cite is correct on misprison of felony, right on page 497. I guess I have missed that because I have never seen such a charge ever brought in my 20 years of criminal practice. We've all see the feds get testy when someone lies to them in the course of investigation, however (e.g. Martha Stewart).
So you're at a party and someone sells a quantity of crack. You leave, shaking your head in disgust. Next day the FBI comes and arrests you because you didn't report it? So you're right and I was wrong. Thanks for teaching me something new. (I still don't know if a real prosecution would be brought on that alone, though. I'm thinking it might be a more defensible case than most.)
posted on 12/12/2008 8:30:16 PM PST
(Sitting on the oogedy-boogety branch since 1975)
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